Ambassador spotlight: Alyssa Harris
Birthday: March 4, 1998
Hometown: Miami
School: University of Florida
Major: Applied physiology and kinesiology, minor in dance

What’s your favorite ISRAEL21c article?

A timeline of 70 years of Israeli achievement is my favorite because I think it is a fun and unique way to learn more about Israel and see all it has accomplished thus far!

What’s your favorite part about being a digital ambassador?

I am very passionate about Israel and I love that I have the opportunity to learn more about Israel and share my knowledge and passion of the beautiful country with others.

Best Israeli song you know?

“Bucharest” by Omer Adam

What was your most memorable experience in Israel?

Interning at Israel’s Sports Center for the Disabled for two months through the Onward Israel program. In my internship, I had the opportunity of working as an assistant instructor in Parkinson’s exercise and hydrotherapy classes. I also worked on staff with kids who have a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities. It was an incredible experience and I learned so much!

Alyssa Harris worked with children at Israel’s Sports Center for the Disabled. Photo: courtesy

What are your other passions?

As a dance teacher and gymnastics coach, my goal is to inspire and motivate young athletes to be the best they can be in and out of the studio/gym. I currently coach recreational, adaptive and competitive gymnastics at a local gym in Gainesville. I am also the line-dance chair of an organization I am involved in and choreograph dance routines for philanthropy events benefitting Alzheimer’s Association, CHOMP Cancer, Huntsman Cancer Foundation, Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Sharsheret, and more. I love that I can use my background and experience to benefit young athletes, the community, and various philanthropies.