NBA All-Star and Golden State Warrior championship star Draymond Green experienced a rare four-day tour of Israel last week organized by FIDF, led by FIDF’s Midwest Region executive director, Tamir Oppenheim.

Draymond Green and FIDF Midwest Region executive director Tamir Oppenheim at the Yamam Sport Center, donated by FIDF supporters in Michigan (Photo credit: Israel Police Spokesperson Unit).
Draymond Green and FIDF Midwest Region executive director Tamir Oppenheim at the Yamam Sport Center, donated by FIDF supporters in Michigan (Photo credit: Israel Police Spokesperson Unit).

During the FIDF trip, Green visited the base of an IDF counter-terrorism unit, the Yamam. One of four special units of the Israel Border Police, this elite unit conducts hostage-rescue operations and raids against terror targets in civilian areas. The Yamam also performs SWAT operations and undercover police work.

Draymond Green (center), with the Commander of Israel Border Police Maj. Gen. Yaakov (Kobi) Shabtai (center) and FIDF Midwest Region executive director Tamir Oppenheim (right) with Yamam fighters and Green’s travel companions at the Yamam Sport Center (Photo credit: Israel Police Spokesperson Unit).
Draymond Green (center), with the Commander of Israel Border Police Maj. Gen. Yaakov (Kobi) Shabtai (center) and FIDF Midwest Region executive director Tamir Oppenheim (right) with Yamam fighters and Green’s travel companions at the Yamam Sport Center (Photo credit: Israel Police Spokesperson Unit).

Green met with the Commander of Israel Border Police Maj. Gen. Yaakov (Kobi) Shabtai, and the unit’s commander, Commander N, and learned about how Yamam fighters defend Israeli civilians. Green also learned about different firearms the force employs, and played basketball at the Yamam Sport Center, which FIDF supporters in Michigan donated. At the end of his visit, Green presented Commander N with a Golden State Warriors jersey with Green’s number 23.

During his tour, Green also met with the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin.

(left to right) Kimberly Ross, Hazel Joiner, President Rivlin, Draymond Green, former Israeli Minister of Agriculture Haim Oron, Danny Sillman and FIDF Midwest Region executive director Tamir Oppenheim (Photo credit: Kobi Gideon).
(left to right) Kimberly Ross, Hazel Joiner, President Rivlin, Draymond Green, former Israeli Minister of Agriculture Haim Oron, Danny Sillman and FIDF Midwest Region executive director Tamir Oppenheim (Photo credit: Kobi Gideon).

“We were thrilled to host Draymond in Israel to experience FIDF’s mission in action,” said Oppenheim. “He is such a role model for millions of people in the United States, and so we recognize how valuable his support is to FIDF and the State of Israel. We thank Draymond for joining us, and we invite his fellow basketball players to visit Israel and see the incredible impact that FIDF has across the nation.”