Lifetime Achievement Award for ICSSPE President

International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
07/18/2017 14:37

During a ceremony at the Wingate Institute in Israel on 4th July, 2017, ICSSPE President Uri Schaefer received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.


In the laudatory speech, guests from the international world of sport were reminded of Uri Schaefer’s manifold contributions to the development of modern sport.


Uri Schaefer has been Deputy Director General and Sport Administration Director of Israel's Ministry of Culture and Sport from 2008 until 2016. In this time he initiated the establishment of the National Sports Council for which he served as Vice Chairman. He also initiated the Wingate Law to ensure best training opportunities for Israel’s elite athletes.


From 1997 to 2008, Uri Schaefer was Director General of the Wingate Institute. In this capacity he gave the impetus to the construction of the only swimming pool in Israel which complies with FINA standards.


From 1985 to 1997 Uri Schaefer was the Director of Wingate's Nat Holman School for Coaches and Instructors, which at that time was the only institution for coach education in Israel.


In 1994, Uri Schaefer established, together with colleagues from around the world, the International Council for Coaching Excellence. In 1997, he was elected the Council’s first President and served in this position until 2005.


In 2016, Uri Schaefer was elected President of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE).


Among Uri Schaefer’s many honors are the 1992 ICSSPE Sport Science Award of the IOC President, the 1998 Israel Olympic Committee Award for Outstanding Leadership, and the 2016 Rupin Academic Center Award for his long lasting contribution to the development of a sporting culture in Israel.