Eurobasket hoops: First things first: Sherf leads team visit to Auschwitz

By
January 20, 2010 08:23
2 minute read.

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later



Israel's on-court and technical basketball preparations for this week's start of the 2009 EuroBasket tournament were put on hold for a few hours on Friday when the national basketball team visited the Auschwitz concentration camp immediately after arriving in Poland.

Auschwitz death camp.

Auschwitz death camp. 
Photo: Courtesy



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The national team opens its European Championships campaign against Croatia in Poznan, Poland, on Monday, and plays Macedonia a day later before wrapping up its Group A games with an encounter against Greece.



"It is important we make this very difficult visit to Auschwitz," coach Tzvika Sherf said. "Most of the players have never been there. I think it is vital to understand the importance of representing your country.



"We are Jews and Israelis and this country was built by Holocaust survivors and no one should forget what happened. When you play in Poland, it has an additional meaning, a very powerful one."



Sherf, who is entering his eighth European Championships as coach, believes his team is ready.



"The day I'm not excited before a game is the day I will stop coaching," said Sherf. "I've been getting excited for 35 years and I hope this isn't my last championships. We believe we can win every one of the games. If I wasn't optimistic, I wouldn't have made the trip."



JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Star guard Yotam Halperin echoed his coach's optimistic sentiments.



"The moment of truth has arrived and we are ready," the Olympiakos shooter proclaimed. "Our goal is to advance past the first round. After that, anything is possible."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov

By ALLON SINAI