Israel Tennis Centers Host Inner City Clinic August 21st in NYC

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Special Guest Appearance by Dudi Sela, Israel's Top Ranked Singles Player

In keeping with its mission of helping children through the medium of tennis, the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation, in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel in New York and the New York Junior Tennis League, will be conducting a special inner city tennis clinic on Wednesday, August 21, behind the Robert F. Wagner Middle School on East 75th Street.

The clinic will be conducted by Dvorah Marsha, coach at the Israel Tennis Centers in Tel Aviv and Ramat Hasharon, Israel. An Ethiopian Jew, Dvorah immigrated to Israel as part of “Operation Solomon” in 1991 and, at the tender age of 11, was introduced to tennis at The Marjorie Sherman Israel Tennis Center in Ashkelon. She steadily rose to become the #5 ranking in her age group. Today she is an ITC coach of one of the national girls teams while studying for a Master’s Degree in Child Development at Bar-Ilan University.

In addition to Dvorah and a youth team of four players and coach from Israel, the ITC will be represented by special guest Dudi Sela, currently Israel’s top ranked singles player. Trained at the ITC Academy in Ramat Hasharon, Dudi grew up playing tennis from the age of seven near his home at the Israel Tennis Centers in Kiryat Shmona. Nicknamed the “Hebrew Hammer”, Dudi’s career has included impressive wins over Fernando Gonzalez, David Ferrer and Andy Roddick as he achieved a top 30 world ranking in 2009.

Through its various social impact programs, the ITC serves thousands of Israeli children every year, enhancing their social, psychological and physical needs. The programs are open to all children living in Israel, regardless of background, religious affiliation or economic circumstance. They assist children at risk, those with special needs like Down Syndrome and autism and children of new immigrants, while bringing together Israeli Arabs, Bedouins, Christians and Jews in ITC’s coexistence program. The goal is to help youth become lifetime champions both on and off the courts.    

The tennis clinic is scheduled from 9:30 am to noon on 75th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, behind Robert F. Wagner Middle School. It is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel in New York and the New York Junior Tennis League. Like ITC’s huge influence in Israel, the NYJTL is the largest tennis and education-themed community organization in the United States.

About the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation:
The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation (ITC) is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that has worked since 1976 to help Israeli youth develop life skills through the medium of sport. The ITC serves over 20,000 children annually, many of them from disadvantaged neighborhoods or outlying development towns throughout Israel. The ITC’s 14 centers stretch from Kiryat Shmona on the Lebanese border in the North to Beer Sheva bordering the Negev Desert in the South. http://www.israeltenniscenters.org.

Contacts:

Jacqueline S. Glodstein            
Vice President, Global Development        
646-884-7450                
jglodstein(at)israeltenniscenters(dot)org

Richard Weber
Global Director of Marketing
212-584-5723
rweber(at)israeltenniscenters(dot)org

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