Remarkable Mission of Empowerment
2017 marks the beginning of the next exciting chapter in the extraordinary story of the Israel Tennis Centers, the largest social service agency for children in Israel. Last year the organization celebrated its 40th anniversary of empowering Israel’s children… beyond tennis… since the ITC’s first center opened in Ramat Hasharon in 1976.
This year that celebratory spirit continues, as the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation announced plans for an ambitious series of 12 exhibitions and receptions in late February and March in New York and Florida:
Sat., Feb 25 : The Club of Riverdale – Riverdale, NY – Exhibition and Reception, 5 pm
Tue., Feb 28: Boca West CC – Boca Raton, FL – Exhibition, 9am & Gala Dinner, 6 pm
Wed., Mar 1: Addison Reserve – Delray Beach, FL – Exhibition & Buffet Dinner, 5 pm
Sat., Mar 4: B’nai Torah – Boca Raton, FL – Presentation -Shabbat Services, 11 am
Sat., Mar 4: The Gables Club – Coral Gables, FL – Exhibition & Reception, 4 pm
Sun., Mar 5: Polo Club – Boca Raton, FL – Exhibition & Refreshments, 3:30 pm
Mon, Mar 6: Palm Aire CC – Pompano Beach, FL – Luncheon
Tues., Mar 7: Frenchman’s Creek -Palm Beach Gardens, FL-Exhibition & Dinner, 5 pm
Wed, Mar 8 : Boca Raton Resort – Boca Raton, FL – Cocktail Reception, 5 pm
Thurs., Mar 9: St. Andrews CC – Boca Raton, FL – Tennis Exhibition & Reception, 5 pm
Mon., Mar 13:Academia Sanchez-Casal – Naples, FL – Exhibition & Reception, 4:30 pm
Wed., Mar 15:Longboat Key Club Resort Longboat Key, FL-Exhibition & Reception, 4:30 pm
A diverse team of Israeli players and coaches representing various Israel Tennis Centers will be flying to the U.S. to share their personal stories about what the ITC has meant to them, their families and the communities in which they live. The centers represent a safe and nurturing environment in which these children can learn vital life values while sharpening their tennis skills.
The Israeli players will include Shadi, a 16-year-old Bedouin teenager who is part of the ITC’s High Performance Group at the Samson Israel Tennis Center in Beer Sheva. Shadi also participates in the ITC’s Coexistence Program that brings Israeli children from various backgrounds together to learn the importance of tolerance and understanding of one another. “I am proud to be part of the ITC, one in which we are taught to respect and appreciate each other’s differences. I play with a large group of Jewish kids and we have all become very close friends. We are truly one big happy family.”
For more information or to attend any of the exhibitions and meet Shadi and his teammates up close and personal, contact ITC Vice President of Development Yoni Yair at 954-480-6333 x223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.