Professional American Basketball Players Teach Palestinian Kids the Love of the Game

JERUSALEM – Two professional American basketball players from the U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) are traveling July 13-16 through Jerusalem and the West Bank – a trip made possible by the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. The delegation includes players Kelenna Azubuike and Temeka Johnson, as well as three NBA trainers and administrators, who will run clinics for several hundred Palestinian players and coaches.

13663556_10208645326029492_130203524_oThis trip is part of a “sports diplomacy” initiative to connect Americans and Palestinians through a shared love of sports, in this case the sport of basketball. The Department of State’s #SportsUnited program sends American athletes around the world and also brings young international athletes to the United States. The trip is also part of NBA global outreach efforts through the #NBACares program, the league’s global social responsibility program that addresses important social issues in the United States and around the world.