Basketball / Will Bynum to Hold Summer Youth Camp in Israel

Detroit Pistons star giving back for his start at Maccabi TA.

Will Bynum, the Detroit Pistons icon whose NBA career was jump-started at Maccabi Tel Aviv, feels it's time to repay the favor to Israel.

Coined "Will the Thrill" because of his fast moves, the Chicago native will take the thrill to Israel for the people in Tel Aviv and the central Galilee.

Will Bynum - Nir Keidar - 07.07.2011
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Bynum will conduct the Will Bynum Summer Youth Basketball Camp from August 7 to August 9.

"I am enthused to come to Israel," Bynum said. "The fans and community showed me so much love when I played there, I just had to come back and give back to all of them."

The first two days of the three-day camp will take place in Nahalal, a small and unique central Galilee agricultural community.

It will then move on to Bynum's familiar territory of Tel Aviv.

The camp will be open to about 200 youngsters from 13 to 17 years old, and will focus on core basketball techniques, the game's mental aspect and positive social development.

"I love the area, the fans, the community, the traditions and sportsmanship that thrive in the region," Bynum said.

"This is wonderful - I can't wait to get there."

Bynum played for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, helping take the team to the EuroLeague finals in 2008, averaging 10.6 points and three assists per game. He was signed by the Detroit Pistons in 2008.

In his time with the Pistons, the point guard has set team records including most points in a quarter and most assists in one game. He attributes much of his success to his start in Israel.

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit has teamed up with Bynum on next month's initiative. The federation considers the central Galilee "Michigan's home in Israel." It's part of a project called Partnership 2000 of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federations of North America, which connects global Jewish communities to communities in Israel.

According to a press release yesterday, the Detroit Jewish Federation thrives on initiatives such as Bynum's, which boost ties between the Jewish communities in Michigan and the central Galilee. The camp will be based on the idea that philanthropy and volunteering are crucial to the development of people-to-people connections, education and spiritual and cultural identity for Jewish people worldwide.