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Kiryat Shmona

The Israel Tennis Center-Kiryat Shmona was founded in 1979 and includes 8 illuminated courts, three of them all-weather indoor courts, a large practice wall, fitness room, showers and restrooms, television room, bomb shelter and a racquet stringing service station.

History
Located on the Lebanese border in the Galilee, the city of Kiryat Shmona was founded in 1949 by Jewish settlers from Marocco. Throughout the 1950's and 1960's, many Olim from Asia and Northern Africa helped turn Kiryat Shmona into Northern Galilee's central hub for industry, commerce and health services. The city is located in one of Israel's most beautiful areas, just a short driving distance away from lush green forests and magnificent mountain ridges. Especially impressive is Manara Park; located on the outskirts of Kiryat Shmona, visitors can ride cable cars to the top of Naftali Ridge while enjoying an enchanting view of the Galilee and Golan Height's valleys and mountains. Unfortunately, renmants of conflict and war are evident amongst the beauty of the Kiryat Shmona area. The children and teens of Kiryat Shmona and the nearby areas face the daily anxiety which comes with living close to the Lebanese border. As Shaul Zohar, the Manager of the Israel Tennis Center in Kiryat Shmona, recalls from his own childhood in Kiryat Shmona, the tension and pressures that comes along with not knowing "when the next bomb will fall" can become unbearable.
Events such as the Second Lebanese War prove to be a traumatic event for many children living in the North and many still cope with post traumatic stress syndrome. This is why the ITC implements the Sport Psychology Program here in Kiryat Shmona and the North: the children meet in weekly groups with a psychologist or social worker and topics of discussion range from forms of communication, focus and concentration, problem solving and issues related to stress, pressure and anger. The children not only acquire tools that help them cope with stress, manage anger, control their level of concentration and think positive, they do so in an environment that is first and foremost supportive, relaxed and filled with non-formal, fun messages and concepts for them to lean on. Another primary goal is to provide the children with ways to vent their energies through sport. Many local children view the Israel Tennis Center in Kiryat Shmona as a "home away from home". They are welcome and feel comfortable spending time at the Center every day for many hours, keeping them off the streets and minimizing their involvement in stressful situations. The children know they’ve got friends at the Israel Tennis Center in Kiryat Shmona, who will gladly lend them their ears, their experience and their hearts. We invite you to visit the Israel Tennis Center in Kiryat Shmona. Come and play, meet the childen we serve, receive sight-seeing tips from our staff and experience the excitement we feel every day. Join us!

Contact Information

Address Gibor Junction, P.O. Box 290
Phone 972-4-694-9034
Fax 972-4-695-0494
Email [email protected]
Operating hours Sunday - Thursday 8.00 to 22.00 Friday 8.00 to 14.00 Saturday 8.00 to 15.00
Facebook Page Click Here To Visit Kiryat Shmona's Facebook Page

Manager

Shaul Zohar Kiryat Shmona, Israel

The ITC's longest standing manager, Shaul Zohar was born and raised in Kiryat Shmona. He was introduced to tennis at the age of 15, when he took part in a tennis class with his school. Shaul couldn't afford to buy a racket, so he had to borrow one from the school. One day, his coach, Amos Neve, decided to give him one as a gift. That day has stayed in his memory and has shaped Shaul's desire to help people through tennis. After finishing his military service and graduating from the Tel Hai College, Shaul became a coach at the ITC -Kiryat Shmona. Five years later, in 1988, he became the manager and since then, he has worked tirelessly to give every child the opportunity to play tennis.

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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