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    "We (Israel) are on the map. And we are staying on the map--not only in sports, but in everything:" Tal Brody, Israel’s Mr. Basketball and Ambassador of Goodwill, after Maccabi's 1977 Euro Cup win

  • Israeli - American basketball hero Tal Brody signs ball at basketball clinic held at Deerfield's Berto Center, home of the Chicago Bulls

    Israeli - American basketball hero Tal Brody signs ball at basketball clinic held at Deerfield's Berto Center, home of the Chicago Bulls

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  • Israeli - American basketball hero Tal Brody with young fans at basketball clinic held at Deerfield's Berto Center, home of the Chicago Bulls

    Israeli - American basketball hero Tal Brody with young fans at basketball clinic held at Deerfield's Berto Center, home of the Chicago Bulls

    , The Jewish National Fund ©
  • Israeli - American basketball hero Tal Brody gives an autograph to a young fan at a basketball clinic held at Deerfield's Berto Center, home of the Chicago Bulls

    Israeli - American basketball hero Tal Brody gives an autograph to a young fan at a basketball clinic held at Deerfield's Berto Center, home of the Chicago Bulls

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  • Tal Brody: Israel's New Goodwill Ambassador

    Tal Brody: Israel’s Mr. Basketball and Ambassador of Goodwill, in a feature interview with The Medialine

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  • טל ברודי מדליק את לפיד המכביה ה-9, קיץ 1973

    Maccabi Tel Aviv's Tal Brody lights the torch at the opening ceremony of the 9th Maccabiah Games in 1973

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Israeli – US hoops legend savors hometown visit

"All the guys that I played with on that '63 basketball team are coming back for a reunion….!" Tal Brody, now Israel’s Mr. Basketball and Ambassador of Goodwill.

Israel and University of Illinois basketball legend and 1979 Israel Prize winner, Tal Brody, along with fans on both continents, relished a "hoop dreams" moment as his No. 12 college jersey was hoisted to the rafters during half-time at an Illini-Purdue game last month.

"To go back to Champaign-Urbana and go into Assembly Hall, it always gives me goose pimples," Brody told The Chicago Tribune on Feb. 12. "It's a huge honor."

Several days earlier during his visit from Israel, Brody led a Jewish National Fund (JNF) - hosted basketball clinic at the Deerfield's Berto Center.

"Over 100 children (ages 8 to 16) and parents braved the heavy snow and ice to come learn basketball moves … from Brody and 1989 University of Illinois All American and former NBA star Kenny Battle. 

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Brody played point guard with Illinois’ in 1963 when they won the Big Ten Championship, later made Aliyah and went on to lead Tel Aviv's Maccabi Electra to its first European Cup Championship in 1977.

"We (Israel) are on the map. And we are staying on the map--not only in sports, but in everything," Brody said after the Euro Cup win. 

Brody is also the Chairman of The Spirit of Israel, a non-profit subsidiary company of The Jewish Agency for Israel, which raises funds from the Israeli public and creates awareness for Israel's social agenda.
 

13 Mar 2013 / 2 Nisan 5773 0
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