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Tal Brody inducted to the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame

The first Maccabi captain to lift the European champions cup is part of the Class of 2020

10/04/2020
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Tal Brody inducted to the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame
A sparkling group of legends are all part of the 15-person Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The class includes athletes and coaches from nine different sports and covers athletes from 1901 through 2013. One of them is Tal Brody, the first Maccabi Tel Aviv captain to lift the European champions cup. 

The official Hall of Fame induction is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, at State Farm Center when the incoming class will be honored in an event that is free and open to the public. 

In the induction announcment it was stated that "Tal Brody earned international acclaim as Israel’s Mr. Basketball and International Goodwill Ambassador, using basketball to help develop relationships with many nations. He was named First-Team All-American and First-Team All-Big Ten in 1965 after earning Second-Team All-Big Ten honors in 1964".

"Brody was the No. 12 overall pick in the 1965 NBA Draft, but chose to play professionally in Israel for Maccabi Tel Aviv, helping the team to the 1977 FIBA European Champions Cup title. He was Second-Team Academic All-American and First-Team Academic All-Big Ten in 1965. Brody scored 1,121 points during his Illini career, still ranking among the Top 50 scorers in UI history". 

"He was the 1967 Israeli Sportsman of the Year and is a member of the Israeli Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1979, Brody became the first sportsman to be awarded the Israel Prize, Israel’s highest civilian honor, in recognition of his unique contribution to Israeli society and the State in the field of sports. In 1996, he was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2011 he was inducted into the U.S. National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". 

Apart from Brody, here are the other names on the 2020 class of the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame: 

Michelle Bartsch-Hackey, Volleyball
Vanessa DiBernardo, Soccer
Moe Gardner, Football
Kevin Hardy, Football
Derek Harper, Basketball
Leo Johnson, Track & Field Coach
Gia Lewis-Smallwood, Track and Field
Ray Nitschke, Football
Bob Richards, Track & Field
Art Schankin, Fencing
Jenna Smith, Basketball
Jake Stahl, Baseball/Football
Adam Tirapelle, Wrestling
Don Tonry, Gymnastics


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