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40th Anniversary Winter Exhibitions

It was 1976… the U.S. Bicentennial… a hugely momentous occasion here in the United States!  In Israel, 1976 was also the year of another extraordinary event… the launch of what has become the largest social service organization for children in Israel…The Israel Tennis Centers! On April 25, 1976, the first ITC center opened its doors to the children of Israel in Ramat Hasharon. Forty years later, the ITC has positively impacted over a half million Israeli children with programs designed to help them reach their full potential in life!

In recognition of this enormous accomplishment, the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation is planning a yearlong celebration in both Israel and the Diaspora calling attention to what the ITC continues to accomplish for the 20,000+ children and their families who utilize the centers each year. The activities will be fully covered on our website, including a unique look at a group of ITC alums whose experiences and teachings at the centers as children helped them become accomplished and successful adults. The first of these stories can be viewed in a special section entitled “Great Achievers”.

The celebration will culminate with the ITC’s 40th Anniversary Journey to Berlin and Israel from November 1st to 13th.

It all starts with an ambitious series of exhibitions in February and March throughout Florida:

Polo Club, February 21, 3:30 pm

BallenIsles Reception, February 22, 5 pm

Boca Raton Resort, February 23, 5 pm

Boca West, February 24, 6 pm

Coconut Grove, February 28, 3 pm

Palm Aire, February 29, 11:30 am

Woodfield, February 29, 6 pm

Frenchman’s Creek, March 1, 5 pm

Addison Reserve, March 2, 5 pm

Palm Beach, March 3, 4 pm

St. Andrews, March 5, 4:30 pm

Longboat Key, March 8, 4 pm

Tampa Bay, March 9, 6:30 pm

BallenIsles, March 10, 4 pm

In the spirit of the 40th Anniversary goal of “Carrying the Torch Forward from Generation to Generation”, please share this news with your family and friends, inviting them to attend any of the events we have scheduled. For more information, contact ITC Vice President of Development Yoni Yair at 954-480-6333, extension 223 or yyair@israeltenniscenters.org.

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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.