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A visitor to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum walks past a mural of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Washington Photo by AP
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Atlanta Hawks visit Holocaust Memorial Museum. Photo by Screenshot from USA Today

The Atlanta Hawks basketball club visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. on Friday while on a trip to the U.S. capital, USA Today reported.

The trip was part of an effort to provide team members with more than just a strong three-point shot, but also a deeper knowledge of world history and compassion for others.

Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson also attended the tour with his wife Karen, and his mother-in-law, Irene Boyarsky, a Holocaust survivor. According to the report, Levenson introduced Boyarsky, 85, who described her experiences in a Jewish ghetto in Hungary, her transfer to a concentration camp in Austria and her liberation in the U.S.

"I think everyone should come here because of the lessons this place teaches and the lessons all of us have to learn," Levenson was quoted in the report as telling the team. "Having them come here and having them see the faces of bigotry and hate, it's important. For them to learn lessons of this museum and of the Holocaust means a lot to me."

In addition to Hawks players, coaches and staffers, the team vice president and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins also attended. Other basketball teams have also visited the Holocaust Museum, among them the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics.