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Guest Lecture with Dan Grunfeld, Author and Former Basketball Player: “By the Grace of the Game: The World’s Only Journey from Auschwitz to the NBA”

October 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies presents

The Inaugural Darren M. Latimer Series on Jews and Sports

By the Grace of the Game: The World’s Only Journey from Auschwitz to the NBA
A lecture by
Dan Grunfeld


October 20, 2022
UW Hillel (611 Langdon St, Madison,WI)
Reception to follow

From the grips of the Nazis to the top of the Olympic podium, from the cheap seats to center stage at Madison Square Garden, from yellow stars to silver spoons, this complex tale traverses the spectrum of the human experience to detail how perseverance, love, and legacy can survive through generations, carried on the shoulders of a simple and beautiful game. By the Grace of the Game is a multi-generational family epic detailing history’s only known journey from Auschwitz to the NBA.

Dan Grunfeld is a former professional basketball player, an accomplished writer, and a proud graduate of Stanford University. An Academic All-American and All-Conference basketball selection at Stanford, Dan played professionally for eight seasons in top leagues around the world, including in Germany, Spain, and Israel. Dan’s writing has been published more than 40 times in media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, The Jerusalem Post, and NBC News. Dan earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2017 and lives with his wife and son in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works in venture capital.

The Latimer Series was established and endowed by Ken Latimer, together with his family and friends, in memory of his son, Darren M. Latimer (BBA 1996).

Generously co-sponsored by UW Hillel


October 20
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm