Location: Jerusalem, Israel
In the summer of 1969, Shimon Mizrahi began his
storied association with Maccabi Tel Aviv, and for
35 years he has been (voluntary) chairman of the
Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club. During that period,
Maccabi Tel Aviv has won 33 League championships,
25 National Cups, and qualified for ten European
Cup for Champions finals, winning titles in 1977,
1981, 2001 and 2004.
Under his leadership, Maccabi TA organized and hosted
the Euroleague Final Four games in 1994 and 2004
in Tel Aviv, and the Eurostars game in 1998.
Mizrahi has served as Acting Chairman of the Israel
Basketball Association, as a member of the Israel
Olympic Committee, on the Judicial Commission of
FIBA (the International Basketball Federation), and
on the Euroleague Board and its Euroleague Judicial
The Jerusalem-born Mizrahi is the grandson of one
of the first Jewish citizens of Tel Aviv, and a founder
of the Tel Aviv commercial center. The TA streets ‘Mizrahi
A’ and ‘Mizrahi B’ are dedicated
to his grandfather.
Mizrahi was drafted into the Israel Defense forces
in 1957, serving as a reserve officer through and
beyond three wars–Six Day, Yom Kippur, Peace
for Galilee. Since 1965 he has been a lawyer, specializing
in Civil Law, but still holds the rank of colonel
in the IDF reserve.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually,
honoring those individuals who have made significant
contributions to the State of Israel and society