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President Rivlin meets with NBA delegation

10 August 2017

President Rivlin meets with NBA delegation

(Communicated by the President's Office)


President Reuven Rivlin today (Thursday), met at his residence with a delegation of leading figures from the US National Basketball Association (NBA). The group, led by NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Mark Tatum, and included club owners, chairmen, board members, and members of the NBA Hall of Fame David Robinson, and Wayne Embry.


The President welcomed the delegation and spoke of the impact all sport had on society. He told them, "You all know very well that whatever sport we are talking about, a team is a symbol of community, of values. It represents hopes and dreams. The NBA and the WNBA, represent the hopes and dreams of so many young boys and girls around the world. For them you are a role model and an example. This is a great responsibility."


The President continued, "Sport has the great power to break down barriers between people from different communities. In Israel, we are working to build this understanding. I am proud of the work my office is doing through the, “Israeli Hope in Sport” project." He told them of the Shield of Honor award presented by the President's Office to Israeli Premier League soccer clubes, in recognition of efforts to fight racism in soccer and stressed, "We bring Jews and Arabs, children, to come and play side by side. Because a society that plays together, stays together."


Mark Tatum told the President of the NBA's Basketball Without Borders initiative, taking place for the first time in Israel this year, and which brings children from different communities to play and train together.