Isaraeli pres­i­dent hosts del­e­ga­tions from NBA and league's global sum­mer camp

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(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.

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