THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Shimon Mizrahi

Honored: 2004
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 Commission.

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 through sports.
 
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