Isaraeli president hosts delegations from NBA and league's global summer camp
(JNS.org) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin last Thursday hosted a delegation from the National Basketball Association (NBA) that visited the Jewish state for a program that seeks to promote cultural understanding.
The NBA’s Basketball Without Borders initiative was in Israel to lead its first-ever summer camp in the Jewish state. Leading teenage athletes from more than 30 countries were coached and tutored by former NBA All-Stars, including center David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs. The teens are also performing community outreach in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
“You all know very well that whatever sport we are talking about, a team is a symbol of community, of values,” Rivlin told NBA Hall of Fame members Robinson Wayne Embry, as well as NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Mark Tatum, upon meeting them in Jerusalem. “It represents hopes and dreams. The NBA and the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) represent the hopes and dreams of so many young boys and girls around the world.”
Rivlin noted Israel’s own efforts to foster cultural understanding through athletics, including bringing “Jews and Arabs, children, to come and play [soccer] side by side. Because a society that plays together, stays together.”
NBA Hall of Fame members Wayne Embry (left) and David Robinson (right) with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Credit: Mark Neiman/GPO.