An Orthodox student made history Sunday, becoming the first Big Ten basketball player to don a kippah during a game.
Northwestern redshirt Aaron Liberman checked in for a big matchup with Michigan over the weekend, playing in the final minute of the game, which Northwestern lost 74-51.
The LA native from Valley Torah High School is incredibly observant, often walking eight miles to practice on Shabbat. He consulted with rabbis before deciding to play on the Jewish day of rest.
Liberman’s religion has earned him a bit of fame off the court as well. Last month Northwestern invited him to speak following a game, to talk about his experience as an Orthodox Jew in basketball.
At the event, the school handed out 200 yarmulkes emblazoned with the letter N.
Meanwhile, Michigan made Jewish history at Sunday’s game as well, becoming the first NCAA program to host two kippah-wearing players. In 2000, Tamir Goodman of Towson University, who was also known as the “Jewish Jordan,” played on the Michigan court while donning his yarmulke.