Mr. Tal Brody

Mr. Tal Brody
Mr. Tal Brody


Tal Brody is an American-Israeli former basketball player widely recognized In Israel, as a
revered national hero, icon, and legend. He played on national basketball teams of both
the United States and Israel, and served in the armies of both countries. In 1979 Brody
became the first sportsman to be awarded the Israel Prize, Israel’s highest civilian honor.

In 1988 he was voted the Israeli athlete who most influenced Israeli sports, in a poll by the
Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv. In 1996, he was elected the University of Illinois “Man of the
Year”, in recognition of his accomplishments both within and outside of sports, and
awarded the school’s “I” Award for his achievements. Since retiring from basketball, Brody
has initiated, volunteered for, and assisted a number of charitable organizations and
efforts. He created an after-school program for Israeli children, called “Let’s Play Ball!” a
basketball clinic that has impacted over 200,000 children. Brody is also Sports Ambassador
for Migdal Ohr and the America–Israel Friendship League (AIFL). In July 2010, Israeli Deputy
Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman appointed Brody as the first
international Goodwill Ambassador for Israel, to assist with Israel’s international
diplomacy. In this position he speaks to audiences outside of Israel about Israel’s culture,
sports, and successes, and Israelis’ daily lives.