May 30, 2008, - 2:01 pm
Dr. J made a house call to Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Julius Erving, on a goodwill tour, told Peres in a stop at the presidential mansion on Wednesday that he considered himself an “ambassador” for Israel.
Erving and fellow NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry are in Israel to raise awareness for the ‘Tower of Light’ youth village for underprivileged children.
“I am truly inspired to be an ambassador for the country and for the village,” Erving said.
Dr. J was in Israel to help draw attention to Migdal Ohr (Tower of Light), an organization that helps the poor in Israel. Among the many it helps, Migdal Ohr aids Ethiopian Jewish girls and those from the former Soviet Union who arrive in Israel and helps them absorb into Israeli society.
Erving and Barry put on basketball clinics for Israeli youths at Migdal Ohr village. Kudos to them for their good works.