The Community of Madrid pays tribute to Wayne Brabender, the legendary Real Madrid basketball player
The Community of Madrid has today paid tribute to the former Real Madrid basketball player, Wayne Brabender. The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports, Marta Rivera de la Cruz, attended the event with which the Regional Executive recognized the personal and sporting career of the forward of American origin, nationalized Spanish, who won 13 Spanish Leagues, 4 Cups of Europe, 7 Copa del Rey and 4 Intercontinental Cups.
Rivera de la Cruz has highlighted the "imposing career" of Brabender, whom he has pointed out as "the indisputable reference in national sport for more than 15 years", since his record with the Madrid team was joined by his 190 caps with the Spanish National Team and a silver medal at the European Nations Championship held in Barcelona in 1973.
The tribute was attended, in addition to family members of Brabender and former players, by Antonio Martín, president of the ACB; Fernando Romay, representative of the Spanish Basketball Federation; Emilio Butragueño, director of institutional relations for Real Madrid; Juan Carlos Sánchez, director of the Real Madrid Basketball section; Cristóbal Rodríguez, president of the Real Madrid Basketball Players Association, and María Jesús Casado, head of the Aristos de Getafe school.
Precisely, the counselor has highlighted the work carried out by Brabender in the aforementioned educational center, in which, for more than 20 years, the former player worked as a physical education teacher and basketball coach, where he also launched the campuses.
"Base sport is essential to forge champions, but, above all, to train people," Rivera de la Cruz defended, highlighting the sportsman's educational work. “I am sure that his students at Aristos School will have felt proud that a sports star has shared his experience with them, but, even more so, that they have been able to enjoy the human quality of Wayne”, she concluded.