A happy and very positive young girl, Dana dreams of being able to get a scholarship to play tennis at college in the United States. The 16-year-old lives in Haifa with her parents and siblings, who emigrated from Russia in 2010. She trains five days a week in the ITEC – Haifa’s High Performance Program and competes nationally.
“I love to spend time at the ITEC,” Dana said. “I do my homework there and have fun playing with my friends, on and off the court. When I’m at the Center, my coach is like a parent to me and everyone is like one big family that supports each other. I want to be successful at school, too.”
Dana, who speaks Hebrew, Russian and English, continues, “I am proud to be part of the ITEC, where it doesn’t matter what your background is or what clothes you wear. We are all equal and everyone is treated the same. At the ITEC- Haifa, we have a lot of special programs, but for me the Coexistence Program is the most important.”
Lilo Tzarfati, manager of the ITEC – Haifa, says of Dana: “She is the most positive person I have ever met. She is a very special girl and always has a smile on her face. Even though she participates in the High Performance Program, she is always helping all the other children and staff at the Center.”
Dana is a great example of how the ITEC is able to help its kids grow up and mature into wonderful human beings. She has served as an ambassador for the ITEC and Israel both in the United States on exhibition tours and in Europe at international tournaments.