Faces of ITEC: Daniel Dudockin

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Posted on: 01/09/2024

Faces of ITEC: Embark on a captivating journey through the remarkable stories that shape ITEC.

Daniel Dudockin began his tennis journey with the ITEC in Yokneham. At 14 years old, Daniel was granted a scholarship to join the dormitory at Ramat HaSharon ITEC, where he would live, train, and study until he graduated from high school. Daniel also kept training in Ramat HaSharon for an additional three years while he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an Outstanding Athlete position. 

Participating in the High-Performance program at ITEC, Daniel learned values and life skills, such as resilience in the face of failure and success, how to handle pressure, the importance of hard work, and the necessity of discipline to pursue his dreams. Looking back, Daniel says he appreciates more than ever the supportive role his coaches played during these challenges, helping shape him into the man he is today.

As part of the High-Performance program, Daniel often missed school days due to tournaments. Recognizing the importance of education, ITEC ensured he had access to tutoring, reinforcing the idea that education is the key to a successful and brighter future.

After completing his military service, Daniel’s journey took him across the globe to the United States to play D-1 college tennis on a full athletic scholarship. With guidance from an ITEC counselor, he landed at the University of Nevada, Reno where he had the opportunity to receive his undergraduate degree while keeping his passion for tennis. Daniel went on to graduate with a 4.0 GPA and has shared that the highlight of his time at Nevada was leading the tennis team, as the captain, to win the Mountain West Conference for the first time in the program’s history. 

Due to COVID-19, Daniel received an additional year of eligibility to play college tennis. Therefore, he was then able to continue his academic and athletic pursuits while obtaining his MBA from Drexel University in Philadelphia. His dedication to both academics and athletics did not go unnoticed, as he was named an Academic All-American by the NCAA in the spring of 2023, a first in Drexel tennis history.