Israeli – US hoops legend savors hometown visit

Israeli – US hoops legend savors hometown visit [1]

Israel and University of Illinois basketball legend and 1979 Israel Prize [2] 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 [3] 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 [4] 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. 

Read the rest here [4].

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 [5] 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 [6], 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.
 

Spirit of Israel [7]Voices Israel In Your Community [8]Inside the Jewish Agency [9]'To be honored at half time, it's huge, a great feeling': Tal BrodyIsraeli - American basketball hero Tal Brody signs ball at basketball clinic held at Deerfield's Berto Center, home of the Chicago BullsIsraeli - American basketball hero Tal Brody with young fans at basketball clinic held at Deerfield's Berto Center, home of the Chicago BullsIsraeli - 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"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. Inside the Jewish Agency
13 Mar 2013 / 2 Nisan 5773
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