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NBA heads to the Holy Land to develop talent, promote values

The NBA is heading to the Holy Land.

A league delegation headed by Commissioner Adam Silver is in Israel this week on a mission with its “Basketball Without Borders” program.

The program has brought together top teenage players from across Europe for a chance to compete and train at the highest level. Silver says these players are seen as potential professionals.

President Reuven Rivlin (C) meets with former NBA players David Robinson (R) and Wayne Embry at the President's Residence in Jerusalem. (Mark Neiman/GPO)
President Reuven Rivlin (C) meets with former NBA players David Robinson (R) and Wayne Embry at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. (Mark Neiman/GPO)

But the program also teaches athletes how sports can be a tool for bringing people together. It will include a series of workshops for local Jewish and Arab children.

Silver says the goal is to grow interest in basketball and help develop young people around the world.

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