Shabo is a true hero and an inspiration. In 2002, when Asael was 9 years old,
terrorists broke into his family home in Itamar and opened fire on his family.
His mother and three of his brothers were killed. A bullet hit Asael in his
knee, shattering it completely. He nearly bled to death as he played dead so
the terrorists would pass him by. When help came, they could not save his leg.
It had to be amputated.
after the attack, Asael started coming to the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled
and like all new participants, he started swimming. Asael was a natural at all
sports but truly excelled in swimming. Over the next nine years, he broke
several Israeli swimming records in multiple categories. However, Asael found
his true passion in wheelchair basketball. He stopped swimming and exerted all
his drive and passion into mastering the game.
recently completed two years of playing professional wheelchair basketball in
Hamburg, Germany and was one of the team’s star players. Today he is married,
lives in Israel, and works at ISCD in many capacities. Most important, he is a true role model for all the young athletes at the Center.
Deni Avdija is an Israeli born professional basketball player who recently played for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Basketball Premier League and the EuroLeague. He was the youngest player to ever play for Maccabi Tel Aviv at the age of 16. At 6' 9", he plays the small forward and power forward positions.
Deni is also a member of the Israeli senior national team. He has won two gold medals for Israel at the youth level, including at the 2019 FIBA U20 European Championship, where he was named tournament MVP.
Deni is poised to be drafted as high as #2 in the upcoming NBA draft in November. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear about Deni, the importance of sport and basketball in his life, and his thoughts about playing in the NBA.