Aulcie Perry’s Norfolk connection

by | Jul 26, 2021 | What’s Happening

Originally published in the April 12, 2021 issue.

Aulcie at the Drive-In: Sunday, April 18, 8 pm Sandler Family Campus, $12 per person

Robyn Sidersky

Do you remember the Virginia Squires, Norfolk’s very own basketball team? The American Basketball Association team made a name for itself in the early 1970s—especially since the Squires continue to have the distinction of being the only professional basketball team the area has ever known.

Aulcie Perry, the legendary player who helped Maccabi Tel Aviv achieve a European Champions Cup championship, once dribbled a ball for the Squires—he was on the roster of the 1974–1975 team.

Perry was cut from the team in 1975 and went on to play for the Allentown Jets, the New York Knicks, and eventually landed on his feet in Israel.

Learn more about Perry’s incredible story as part of the Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi and Alma & Howard Laderberg Virginia Festival of Jewish Film in association with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC, in the movie Aulcie. Directed by Dani Menkin, Avraham Ashkenazi is one of the film’s producers.

Limited tickets are available for the drive-in movie, which is part of this year’s Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus.

Moviegoers will get to enjoy Israeli snacks and hear an interview with Menkin after the film. See page 16.

The movie will also be available virtually. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit