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ITC Marshall Championships Captured By Kiryat Shmona, Akko, Ramat Hasharon and Jaffa

The 14th annual ITC Marshall Championships was hosted this past weekend at the ITC – Jaffa . Named in honor of Lt. Eitan Belachsan, an IDF hero killed in action in 1999 at the age of 30, the event featured over 120 children from 11 different ITC centers.

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A player from each center

Eitan, whose parents immigrated to Israel from Tunis and Morocco, grew up in Ramot Naftali, surrounded by the values of Israel, a love for animals and a respect for his fellow human beings. His life was cut tragically short the night of February 22, 1999 as he was leading Paratrooper Recon soldiers on an assignment east of the Lebanon security zone. Their mission was to take out Hezbollah terrorists on their way to attacking IDF forces. Upon arriving at his position with fellow officer Lieutenant Liraz Tito, the two soldiers encountered a group of terrorists and were killed instantly. Eitan left behind his parents, two brothers and a sister, his wife Raya and daughter Noam.

The Belachsan Family with Dr. Eric Marshall and ITC CEO Danny Gelley during the ceremony

Klod and Ziona Belachsan with Dr. Eric Marshall

The ITC Marshall Championships featured a round robin format during the first two days of competition, followed by championship matches and a closing ceremony. Results were as follows:
• In the boy’s U-12 category, the ITC – Kiryat Shmona beat the ITC – Beer Sheva in the finals. The ITC – Jerusalem ended in third place and the ITC – Jaffa in fourth.
• The ITC – Akko won the title in the U-12 girls category after beating the ITC – Haifa, with the ITC – Tiberias taking third and the ITC – Ashkelon fourth place.
• The U-14 boys category was won by the ITC – Ramat Hasharon, claiming victory over the ITC – Beer Sheva, with another group from Ramat Hasharon ending in third and the ITC – Jerusalem in fourth.
• The ITC – Jaffa won first place in the girl’s U-14 competition by beating the ITC – Haifa in the finals. The ITC – Jerusalem ended in third place after beating the ITC – Akko.
Additionally, one player was recognized as “Outstanding Player” from each category.

Dr. Eric Marshall with the four winners

The main sponsor of the ITC Marshall Championships is ITC International Board member Dr. Eric Marshall, who traveled to Israel to attend the event. The Moraz Company of Israel also provided their support, and the Belachsan family were present for the competition and closing ceremony.

About The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation (“ITC”):
The ITC is a 501 – 3 (c) non-profit organization that works to enhance the social, psychological and physical development of Israeli children. Through the medium of sport, the ITC provides a healthy and structured environment for children from all walks of life, teaching values of cooperation, persistence and tolerance. Thirty-five years after the inauguration of the first Israel Tennis Center in Ramat Hasharon, the ITC has expanded throughout Israel and has nurtured and empowered more children and adults than the original founders could have ever dreamed. Currently one of the largest social-service agencies for children in Israel, the ITC operates 14 Centers throughout Israel’s periphery within socio-economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. The Centers are complete with cutting edge facilities and tennis courts that serve over 20,000 children annually. For additional information please visit:

Rated as a top charity on charity navigator

The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation (ITC) has received a 4-star rating, the highest possible, from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of not-for-profit organizations. This exceptional rating indicates that the ITC outperforms most other charities in America, adhering to the highest standards of governance and other best practices, and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

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