Near East Report

September 7, 2012

Educational Trip to Israel Produces “Net Gain” for Retired Basketball Legends

Despite their low-key demeanor, a group of Americans who recently traveled to Israel managed to turn heads everywhere they went. This unique delegation was comprised of former professional basketball players who were handpicked to participate because they are present-day community and business leaders, having achieved new heights that reflect their own physical statures.

Thirteen former National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA) players attended the intensive learning seminar, which stretched daily from early morning until late evening and covered the complex issues of the Middle East. The program, dubbed Athlete Ambassadors for Israel, was the result of collaborative efforts involving the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and the American Israel Education Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC.