Tennis Love

So Wimbeldon wrapped up this holiday weekend–I figured it was a fun time to look for some connections to the world of charity/philanthropy, and tennis. Here are a few great organizations to get behind that have a court connection…

The Andre Agassi Foundation is a tireless advocate for empowering and educating youth. Andre built a school/academy and for 15 years has made sure kids have chances that never before would have been available to them. Support and find out more here

The Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS does important, high-profile work in working against HIV disease, educating us all, and supporting those who are living with HIV/AIDS.

James Blake has a foundation in honor of his father that funds work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Click to support the Thomas Blake, Sr. Memorial Research Fund.

Lindsay Davenport is a hard-working celebrity spokesperson for the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Chris Evert has her own charity and her fundraisers and tennis charity matches support helping fight drugs, child neglect, and provide a second chance to families in Florida.

The Steffi Graf Foundation does some stellar work internationally with populations at need, for example in Cape Town, Kosovo, Hamburg, Mozambique, and Eritrea.

Billie Jean King was one of the founders of the enormous network for change, the Women’s Sports Foundation.

John McEnroe is a board member for the New York clean water advocacy group, Riverkeeper.

The mission of the Fundacion Rafael Nadal is the promotion of education and sport as tools for the integration of individuals in situations of social marginalization, placing special emphasis on children and adolescents.

Martina Navratilova has a long history of charitable support, including Human Rights Campaign for LGBT equality, PETA and their animal causes, and the Laureas Foundation using sport worldwide for social change and good.

The Andy Roddick Foundation provides children in need with education and resources, with a particular focus on abused children, childhood disease, and keeping kids in school.

The Pam Shriver Baltimore Community Foundation Tennis Challenge supports several children’s charities in the Maryland area.

Support Jacksonville youth in academic and life success via the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation.

Oracene Price, the mother of Venus and Serena Williams, has her OWL Foundation, dedicated to making sure every child has the chance to excel, especially those with learning problems or experiencing academic failure.

There are many, many others–so the ball is in your court–get involved.

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