Villanova, 76ers coaches promote peace through basketball in Holy Land

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August 10, 2015

Philadelphia 76ers Coach Brett Brown gives pointers to Arab and Israeli youth during a July 30 basketball clinic sponsored by PeacePlayers International in  Jerusalem.  Brown and Villanova University Coach Jay Wright participated in a weeklong program that teaches tolerance and instills tools for peacemaking through basketball. (CNS photo/Mary Knight) See COACHES-PEACEPLAYERS Aug. 10, 2015.

Philadelphia 76ers Coach Brett Brown gives pointers to Arab and Israeli youth during a July 30 basketball clinic sponsored by PeacePlayers International in Jerusalem. Brown and Villanova University Coach Jay Wright participated in a weeklong program that teaches tolerance and instills tools for peacemaking through basketball. (CNS photo/Mary Knight)

JERUSALEM (CNS) — Jerusalem is hot, especially in the gym of the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Bilingual School for Jewish Arab Education. Jerusalem is tense, too, with jolting violence this summer over dismantled settlement homes, gay rights and a brutal attack on a Palestinian family.

But those events did not keep Villanova University basketball Coach Jay Wright and Philadelphia 76ers Coach Brett Brown from heading to Israel to engage in peacemaking efforts with youth from PeacePlayers International, an organization that uses basketball to foster team play and tolerance in areas of conflict. Wright also brought his basketball-playing family with him.

The coaches found their way to Israel via Arn Tellem, president of the Detroit Pistons, who is on the board of PeacePlayers International.

Read more in The Visitor…