Originally Posted by shirgan
According to the reports the 1st tournament received funding from the Israeli tennis center, the department for the development of the Galilee and the city of Akko.
Don't know about the other 2 tourns.
The funding for the Ashkelon tournament (the second 10k) apparently comes from an Ashkelon construction company in cooperation with the family of a 20 year old IDF officer, Hila Bezalel, who died in April of this year in an accident during the preparations for the official Independence day's celebrations in Jerusalem (a lighting bridge fell on top of her).
Hila's mother says her daughter loved sports, was an excellent swimmer and basketball player and volunteered for different causes. Also, the family is deeply rooted in the city of Ashkelon. So creating a sports tournament in Ashkelon in her honor seemed fitting.
According to the report, the intention is to make this tournament a regular feature in the tour.
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