“I would not be where I am today without the Israel Tennis & Education Centers.”
So says Dan Hanegby z”l, born and raised near Tel Aviv. However, truth be told his real home was often the Israel Tennis & Education Centers in Ramat Hasharon. Dan started playing at the age of 7 and continued to compete there at various levels throughout his career. He went to school nearby and ended each day at the center practicing the sport he loved while learning important life skills that helped make him the kind of caring and successful person he is today.
“The ITEC taught me the importance of being independent and thinking for myself,” Dan recalled. “Values of hard work and healthy competition were the center piece of what I learned as a child. It was a great place to grow up and chase my dreams.”
Dan was the Israeli Junior Champion while competing on the ITEC’s High Performance team as a teenager. Being at the ITEC allowed him to meet people from all walks of life, including Israel tennis legend and close friend Andy Ram. He also counts ITEC Founder Ian Froman among an elite group who had a hugely positive impact on his life.
After completing his military obligation, Dan came to the US to attend Brown University where he played #1 singles and doubles and captain of the team that captured two Ivy League titles. Following graduation, he was hired as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, spending 7 years at the prestigious Wall Street firm. He moved to Credit Suisse in 2014 as Vice President of its Investment Banking Division.
Despite 12 – 15 hour work days, Dan still finds time to give back to the ITEC in recognition of the importance that the organization played in his life. “I grew up with Ari Strasberg who is now the ITEC’s Chief Executive Officer. He is one of my best friends, and I take advantage of that relationship to exchange ideas about the ITEC and things that can be done to help as many Israeli children as possible. I know what it meant to me to have learned so many valuable life lessons.”
On a more personal note, Dan actually met his current wife at the Israel Tennis & Education Centers. He was only 10 years old when he first had the opportunity to travel with an ITEC team to the US. On that same team was Sasha Edelstein Hanegby, also an accomplished ITEC alum, and the rest as they say is history.