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Israel Tennis Centers Team Featured At 40th Anniversary Fundraiser in NYC Hosted By NY Regional Board

The Town Tennis Club in Manhattan’s Upper East Side was home to a very special exhibition hosted by the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation’s NY Regional Board. The event was part of the ongoing series of celebrations marking the ITC’s 40th anniversary that have been taking place in Israel and North America throughout the year.

“We are privileged to be able to bring together business leaders from around the New York City area who share the same passion for helping Israel’s young people in one of the most turbulent regions of the world,” said NY Regional Board Chair Eran Nornberg. “Now more than ever, they need our support.”

Over 100 people packed into the Town Tennis Club on East 55th Street to meet with a team of ITC children and their coach and hear their inspiring stories of how the ITC has helped turn their lives around. They included young 12 year old Daniella, who along with her father escaped persecution in Ukraine to settle in Israel and start a new life. They also included Badia, from one of Israel’s underserved communities in the northern part of the country, who was the first Christian Arab coach to lead an ITC delegation to the US. He is a shining example of the ITC’s remarkable Coexistence Program that brings together children of Arab and Jewish descent to promote understanding and respect for one another.

“It was a great event because it helped raise awareness about the important work of the ITC in empowering Israel’s children through the sport of tennis,” said Event Chair and ITC alum Harel Srugo. “The more awareness we generate, the more children we can help, and that’s what our efforts are all about.”

Since 1976, the Israel Tennis Centers has been empowering Israel’s children to reach their full potential as productive members of Israeli society. Beyond tennis, the ITC is the largest social service agency for children in Israel, serving a wide range of needs for children considered at risk, those with special needs and immigrants from Ethiopia and Russia.

Many more events are planned throughout the balance of 2016 to mark the extraordinary accomplishments of the ITC over these past 40 years. For more information on attending any of these events, contact ITC Executive Vice President of Global Development Jacqueline Glodstein at 212-784-9201 or jglodstein@israeltenniscenters.org. You can also get more details by visiting the ITC website’s calendar at http://www.israeltenniscenters.org/upcoming-events/

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Empowering Israel’s Children…Beyond Tennis and Beyond Borders

Founded in 1976, the Israel Tennis Centers (ITC) is one of the largest social service organizations for children in Israel, serving over 20,000 Israeli children every year. The ITC’s 14 centers stretch from Kiryat Shmona in the North to Beer Sheva in the South. Many of these centers are in underprivileged neighborhoods, providing disadvantaged children with a safe, structured and nurturing environment.

The ITC offers uniquely designed programs to meet the specific needs of its children:

  • Social Impact: assisting youth at risk, those with special needs such as Down Syndrome and autism and children of new immigrants from Russia and Ethiopia
  • Coexistence: bringing together Israeli Jews, Arabs, Bedouins and Druze to play and learn
  • High Performance: training Israeli children to excel as tennis players.

All of these programs are open to all children living in Israel, regardless of background, religious affiliation or economic circumstance. No child is ever turned away.