The NBA Washington Wizards will celebrate Jewish Heritage Night in their home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 11, the National Basketball Association has announced.
The program at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, is expected to include the singing of the US national anthem by Jewish singer Arianna Zukerman, a pre-game performance by local Israeli dance Yesodot troupe, and a mid-performance performance. time of the Israeli dance company Avirah. . A video message from Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Herzog, will be shown during the match and facts about Jewish heritage will be displayed on all LED panels at the end of the timeouts, including details of the team’s second-year striker, Israeli player Deni Avdija. The Washington Wizards will also be selling an exclusive “Wizraeli Shirt” on their website.
Tickets for Tuesday’s game purchased through a special link will come with a limited edition kippah bearing the Wizards logo, and the option to attend a post-game Q&A with Avdija and the Wizards announcer. Justin Kutcher.
In 2020, Avdija became the top NBA draft pick in Israel. He is currently the only Israeli to play in the NBA.
The Washington Wizards have a Hebrew-language team website and were the first NBA team to launch Hebrew accounts on Instagram and Twitter.