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Voices on Antisemitism: Bruce Pearl (Men's Head Basketball Coach, University of Tennessee)

From: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Length: 04:07

Bruce Pearl's efforts at team-building extend beyond the court, where he tries to bridge religious and cultural differences among his players.

Voa_small Bruce Pearl's efforts at team-building extend beyond the court, where he tries to bridge religious and cultural differences among his players.

"As a basketball coach, I'm a visible person. And I think in most cases, I am the first Jewish person that most of my players have met.

But I gotta' tell you, when we pray, and we talk about God, I think they find some common ground with messages that they heard growing up."

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Bruce Pearl's efforts at team-building extend beyond the court, where he tries to bridge religious and cultural differences among his players.

"As a basketball coach, I'm a visible person. And I think in most cases, I am the first Jewish person that most of my players have met.

But I gotta' tell you, when we pray, and we talk about God, I think they find some common ground with messages that they heard growing up."

Broadcast History

Broadcast on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Web site.

Transcript

BRUCE PEARL:
As a basketball coach, I'm a visible person. And I think in most cases, I am the first Jewish person that most of my players have met.

But I gotta' tell you, when we pray, and we talk about God, I think they find some common ground with messages that they heard growing up.

DANIEL GREENE:
In February 2008, Coach Bruce Pearl led the University of Tennessee men's basketball team to the number one ranking in the nation for the first time in the school's history. But his efforts at team-building extend beyond the court, where he tries to bridge religious and cultural differences among his players.

Welcome to Voices on Antisemitism, a free podcast series of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum made possible by generous support from the Oliver and Elizabeth Stanton Foundation. I'm Daniel Greene. Every other week, we invite a guest to reflect about the many ways that antis...
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Related Website

http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/antisemitism/voices/transcript/?content=20080911