Israel Tennis Centers Spreading Its Message to Major East Coast Cities

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Israeli Team Making Special Appearances during November Exhibition Schedule

Israel Tennis Centers Team

As the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation welcomes in the New Year 5775, the organization announced a series of events in November featuring a diverse multicultural team of Israeli players and their coach:                            

  • November 2nd - Washington, D.C. area - from 3 - 5 pm at Regency Sport & Health in McLean, Virginia, the ITC will be honoring long-standing ITC donor and philanthropist, Annette Lerner, owner of the Washington Nationals, at an exhibition. It will be preceded by a special tennis clinic for children starting at 2 pm. (The invitation can be found on the ITC website and Facebook page.)                
  • November 9th - Atlanta, Georgia area - from 2 - 5 pm the ITC will be holding its first-ever fundraising event in Atlanta. An exhibition and barbecue will be held at The Standard Club. Also, the ITC will conduct a special one-hour clinic for children who will have a chance to play with the Israeli team. (The invitation can be found on the ITC website and Facebook page.)
  • November 9th - New York City - from 3 - 5 pm the ITC Teen Council will be hosting its inaugural Table Tennis Tournament & Get-Together at Slate on West 21st Street in Manhattan. Proceeds will go to support micro-finance loans for financially needy ITC teens who want to enroll in umpire and coaching courses at the ITC. (Contact ITC Northeast Development Director, Peter Wayne, at 212-584-5723 or pwayne(at)israeltenniscenters(dot)org for further information.)    

The Washington and Atlanta events will feature a special 'meet & greet' reception. The Israeli team and coach will share their very personal stories about the integral role that the ITC played in keeping them out of harm's way as rockets from Gaza rained down on their Centers during the recent conflict in Israel. In Washington there will also be a silent auction with unique one-of-a-kind items, the proceeds from which will support the many ITC programs that continue to positively impact over 20,000 Israeli children every year.

The Israeli contingent includes Shadi, a 14-year-old Bedouin who is part of the High Performance Group at the Samson Israel Tennis Center in Beer Sheva. He is one of the few Bedouin Arab children competing in both national and international tournaments alongside a large group of Jewish players. But thanks to the ITC's Coexistence Program, he has cultivated many close relationships that make the Center feel like his second home. "All of my friends are Jewish kids, and I like spending time with them on and off the court. I especially enjoy going to their homes and hosting them at my house in Rahat. My parents are also very close with the parents of my teammates. We are all one big family."

About the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation:

The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation (ITC) is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that works tirelessly through the medium of sport to enhance the development of Israeli youth. Since opening its first center in Ramat Hasharon in 1976, the ITC has helped over 400,000 children, many of whom come from 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 Glodstein                
ITC Vice President/Global Development    
646-884-7450
jglodstein(dot)israeltenniscenters(dot)org

Richard Weber
ITC Global Director of Marketing
646-884-7410
rweber(at)israeltenniscenters(dot)org

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