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ITC 40th Anniversary Message of Peace Comes to New York, Maryland and Minneapolis in August

The Israel Tennis Center’s 40th anniversary exhibition tour continues in August with a visit to several US cities from a team of Israeli children and their message of peaceful coexistence.

“Given the tragic events of the last several weeks, we are reminded of just how important it is to teach children to respect one another to counter these horrific acts of terror we’re seeing all around the world” said ITC Board President Phil Silber. “Peaceful coexistence is one of the key values taught at every ITC center, and now more than ever we need to support these activities and all the other programs that have been a hallmark of the ITC for 40 years.”

Since 1976, the Israel Tennis Centers has been empowering Israel’s children to realize their full potential as productive and peaceful members of Israeli society. Now the largest social service agency for children in the country, the ITC continues to be a source of strength and help for children with a wide range of needs. These include those considered at risk, those with special needs, immigrants from Ethiopia and Russia and, perhaps most importantly right now, Arab and Jewish children brought together through its highly successful Coexistence Program.

Celebratory events have been taking place all year both in Israel and North America, with more scheduled during the second half of 2016. Most immediate among them are the following in August:

August 18 –Minneapolis, MN

August 21 – Westhampton, NY

August 22 – Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

August 23 – Rockville, MD

August 27 – North Haven, NY

August 28, Water Mill, NY

A diverse group of children and young adults from ITC centers throughout Israel will be visiting these communities to meet donors and share their incredible stories of love, learning and growth. They include 16 year old Shadi, a Bedouin teen who participated in the ITC’s Coexistence program that helped him cultivate close friendships with children of other backgrounds and interests. They also include Gabi, a 14 year old who has suffered significant hearing loss from an early age but has been inspired by his ITC coaches to continually strive for success, culminating in victories at the European Deaf Championships this year in Slovenia.

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. More details can also be found 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.