NBA All-Star Dwight Howard to Visit Israel



By: SAMMY HUDES  
Published: August 24th 2010
in News » Israel

NBA star Dwight Howard
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From August 28 to September 5, NBA All-Star Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic will visit Israel, as part of a special preseason basketball clinic taking place on Saturday, September 4. The clinic will be hosted by the Maccabi Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League, at the Nesher Sports Hall in Nesher, Israel. Earlier this summer, Howard’s fellow NBA star and New York Knicks forward, Amar’e Stoudemire travelled to Israel to explore his Jewish roots.

 

Howard, the NBA’s “Superman,” will conduct a basketball workshop and training session for teenagers at the clinic, followed by a slam dunk presentation. Later in the evening, Maccabi Haifa will play a game of scrimmage against a team of former NBAers. Playing on Howard’s side will be former Toronto Raptor Jerome Williams, David Wood of 1998 U.S. World Championship National Team, Anthony Bonner, Laron Profit, Paul Grant and more. The team will be coached by Howard’s father, Dwight Howard Sr.

 

The purpose of this visit is “to demonstrate solidarity with the people and State of Israel,” and to “let Israelis know that they have dedicated friends in America,” according to SportsPower International, a non-profit organization that uses current and former NBA players to inspire today’s youth across the world.

 

“With the arrival of superstars the likes of Dwight Howard to host a clinic for teens for such a worthy cause and for our Maccabi Haifa team to scrimmage against former-NBA stars, we are more than happy to rearrange our preseason schedule,” said Maccabi Haifa’s Vice Chairman Arnon Shiran.  “We are excited for our fans to have the opportunity to witness, participate, and interact with our Maccabi Haifa players as well as current and former NBA stars, for such a festive and unique event.”

 

Maccabi Haifa’s roster features Sylven Landesberg; a former Virginia University guard, Frank Robinson; a former Cal State Fullerton guard, Derek Glasser; a former Arizona State guard, Derrick Low; a former Washington State guard, former Auburn and Indiana player Marco Killingsworth, Serbian-born Sasha Bratic and Israelis Yoni Nir, Avi Ben-Chimol, and Robert Rothbart. The team’s training camp will officially open on Wednesday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Maccabi Haifa’s first preseason game will be on October 3, 2010, when the team travels to the United States to play against the NBA’s New Jersey Nets in Newark, New Jersey.



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