Left to right: Leah, Majd, Noa, Nir, Christina and Yaniv.
(PRESS RELEASE)_It was announced today that the Israel Tennis & Education Centers Foundation’s student team will begin their 2020 Winter exhibition tour with stops across the East and West coasts of South Florida during February and March.
Israel Tennis & Education Centers Foundation is dedicated to empowering children through sport and education to foster lasting peace in one of the most turbulent areas in the world. Their goal is to teach children of all backgrounds how to live successful lives. “As a proud Alumnus of the ITEC, I can speak firsthand to the importance of this program. It was through this remarkable organization that I was exposed to, and learned from being in an environment of inclusiveness, unity, respect, diversity and caring,” states Yoni Yair, Vice President of Development. “It is my great hope that we can offer this same chance to as many children as possible and give them an opportunity to build lasting peace within their communities and successful futures.”
On Tuesday, February 25th, the Israel Tennis & Education Centers Foundation student team will arrive in Palm Beach County, FL from Tel Aviv. The first exhibition and fundraiser will take place on Thursday, February 27th at Wycliffe Country Club in Wellington. The team will remain in the Sunshine state traveling from coast to coast, through March 16th.
The ITEC 2020 Winter schedule includes the following exhibitions and events:
Thursday, February 27th – Wellington, FL at Wycliffe Country Club
Friday, February 28th – Palm Beach Gardens, FL at The Country Club at Mirasol
Monday, March 2nd – Boynton Beach, FL at Tivoli Lakes Tennis Club (Members Only event)
Wednesday, March 4th – Delray Beach, FL at Addison Reserve Country Club*
Thursday, March 5th – Naples, FL at the Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort
Friday, March 6th – Tampa, FL at the Davis Island Tennis Complex
Sunday, March 8th – Sarasota, FL at Laurel Oak Country Club
Monday, March 9th – Palm Beach Gardens, FL at Frenchman’s Creek Country Club*
Wednesday, March 11th – Boca Raton, FL at St. Andrews Country Club*
Thursday, March 12th – Boca Raton, FL at Woodfield Country Club
Saturday, March 14th – Coral Gables, FL at The Gables Club
Monday, March 16th – Boca Raton, FL at Boca West Country Club
Note: Attendance to ALL events requires advance registration and valid ID to enter; *Invitation Only”
The team includes a diverse group of student athletes from Israel, ranging in age from 12 -16, and their coach, representing the various Israel Tennis & Education Centers. This exhibition team includes a Christian Arab, Muslim Arab as well as an Ethiopian Jewish coach.
During their appearances they will be ”Playing For Peace” and in addition to their time on court, they will share their personal stories about what the ITEC has meant to them, their families and the communities in which they live. For them and so many others, the ITEC represents a safe and nurturing educational environment in which children of all backgrounds learn vital life values and skills while providing a framework for physical fitness and wellness through sports.
The Israel Tennis & Education Centers (ITEC) was founded in 1976 and has grown and evolved into one of the largest social service agencies for children in Israel. ITEC has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children with the goal of igniting hope and opening pathways to a successful future for them and for Israel, now and for generations to come.
The focus of the ITEC is on empowering children everyday so they can become better human beings. Through its social impact programs, a wide range of children are served, including youth at risk, immigrants from Ethiopia, Russia, and the Ukraine along with children with special needs, from autism and ADHD to Down Syndrome as well as those with developmental and physical disabilities. The ITC also recognizes the ability of tennis to bring together children from different religions as seen in its highly successful Coexistence Program.
“We are thrilled to provide our children the opportunity to travel to the US and serve as youth ambassadors for Israel in communities abroad,” states Jacqueline Glodstein, Executive Vice President of Global Development. “It is phenomenal to witness how much these children learn through this unique educational experience and meet the wonderful people who support them.”
The goal of Israel Tennis & Education Centers is to ensure that every child in Israel is healthy, educated, equal and equipped to pursue their dreams, without religious, economic or social barriers, and has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
For more information or to attend these exhibitions and events, please go to: www.itecenters.org or contact Yoni Yair, VP of Development at 954-480-6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org ITEC exhibitions and events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.