Form Knicks player Amare Stoudemire received his official Israel identity card in a ceremony at the Interior Ministry on Wednesday.
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said he was granted citizenship due to his “unique contributions” to Israeli society. Stoudemire has been playing professional basketball for the Hapoel Jerusalem team since 2016. Now, Deri said, “Amare will be Israel’s ambassador to the world.”
“It’s a very exciting moment for me. My body is flooded with emotions now, my love for Israel has been with me for many years, and being part of Israel is something very special,” Stoudemire said at the ceremony, the Hebrew language Ynet reported. “I would like to say thank you also to Hapoel Jerusalem for giving me the opportunity to play on the team and to help me in this process.”
Read more at Arutz Sheva.