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Beer Sheva – Samson Israel Tennis Center

The Samson Israel Tennis Center – Beer Sheva was inaugurated in 1991 and operates as a state-of-the-art Tennis Center, complete with tennis programs for all ages and levels. Today, the Israel Tennis Center–Beer Sheva has 8 tennis courts and caters to hundreds of children each week. The Israel Tennis Center–Beer Sheva also hosts many tennis tournaments on a local, national, and international scale. A notable example is the annual Alex Podolsky International Tennis Tournament, in which 100 children competitors from around the world display top level tennis.

In the early 1950's, David Ben Gurion declared that the population and development of the Negev is imperative to the future of the entire nation of Israel. Many years later, Beer Sheva has become the Negev's largest and most influential metropolis and the fifth largest city in Israel. Located in the Northern Negev, Beer Sheva is one of Israel's fastest growing cities, with its new residents and neighborhoods nearly multiplying the city's size and population within the last 15 years. Beer Sheva's captivating history dates back to biblical times and the Byzantine era. The city is home to many prestigious institutions, such as The Ben Gurion University of the Negev, The Beer-Sheva Theatre, The Bat-Dor Beer Sheva Municipal Dance Center and The Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva. Beer Sheva is home to an eclectic mixture of peoples and cultures. The 1990's saw the arrival of many immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, and the city's satellite areas are also home to the Bedouin community.
As Beer Sheva's industry develops, Negev residents benefit from growing work opportunities. Today, the influx of population, along with the city's continuing growth and future potential, have all helped turn Beer Sheva into a bustling metropolis and the Negev's irreplaceable center for welfare, culture, and commerce. The Center is proud of its players; during the 2007 Special Olympics in Shanghai, Israel was represented by ITC-Beer Sheva tennis star Eliran Kadosh. Eliran played in a group with players from the United States, Egypt, Chile, Germany, Ecuador, Italy and Pakistan, winning 3rd place for men under age 21 and capturing 4th place with his teammate in Doubles Tennis. Proudly brandishing his Bronze Medals, Eliran came back to Israel a true winner and received a warm welcome from the Minister of Welfare and the media upon his arrival at the airport. A few weeks later, the entire delegation met with Israel's Prime Minister and proved once again that with sufficient investment and care, there is no limit to what developmentally challenged children can achieve. We invite you to visit the Israel Tennis Center in Beer Sheva. Come and play, meet the children we serve, receive sight-seeing tips from our staff and experience the excitement we feel every day. Join us!

Contact Information

Address Yehuda Halevy Street, P.O. Box 3300 Beer Sheva 84132 (next to the soccer stadium)
Phone 972-8-643-6444/5
Fax 972-8-610-0744
Email [email protected]
Operating hours Sunday - Thursday 8.00 to 22.00 Friday 8.00 to 19.00 Saturday 8.00 to 12.00
Facebook Page Click Here To Visit Beer Sheva's Facebook Page


Yaniv Sakira Beer Sheva, Israel

Yaniv Sakira was born and raised in Beer Sheva. Currently 29 years old, Yaniv started playing tennis when he was 7, even before the ITC – Beer Sheva was established. After the Center's inception in 1999, Yaniv joined the Competitive Program with legendary coach Alex Podolsky and played both national and international tournaments. Yaniv became a certified coach at the age of just 17 and a year later he enlisted in the Army. After a tough choice, Yaniv decided to give up on his tennis career in order to be able to serve in an elite unit; his service lasted 6 years. When he left the Army, Yaniv started to study at university but left during his final year when he was asked to become the manager of the ITC – Beer Sheva – it was a dream come true and Yaniv hasn’t looked back since.

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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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