NBA star Pau Gasol meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres

Pau Gasol. Credit: Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons.

( National Basketball Association (NBA) star Pau Gasol met with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem on Sunday along with a group of Jewish and Arab basketball players. The 33-year-old Los Angeles Lakers forward/center was making his first to Israel, for a basketball workshop meant to promote peace and coexistence.

“I am extremely happy to be here,” the Spanish-born Gasol said, Reuters reported. “I believe sport is an amazing tool for bringing people together.”

Gasol is a four-time NBA All-Star and has been part of two championship seasons for the Lakers. 

Peres said, “In sport, people learn to play without discrimination and in the spirit of fairness.”

Posted on June 2, 2014 .