The Times of Israel reports: New England Patriots owner and prominent Jewish philanthropist Robert Kraft (pictured) has donated $6 million for the construction of a new, multi-purpose sports facility in Jerusalem, the city’s municipality announced in a statement Tuesday.
The donation, designed to beef up sports in the Israeli capital, was pledged as part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and the 20th anniversary of Maccabiah Games, which will be hosted in the city next year.
The Kraft Family Sports Campus is being built in the Arazim Valley on the Western outskirts of Jerusalem, and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.
“The Kraft Family Sports Campus is a central part of my vision for Jerusalem as an international capital of sport and athleticism,” Mayor Nir Barkat said. “My dear friend, Robert Kraft, has been an unwavering partner in the growth and development of Jerusalem.”
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