Re: Kournikova Serves Up New Dish: Breakfast
Kournikova gives back to kids Published Monday, January 15, 2007
By Mario Sarmento
Anna Kournikova has been in love with children since she herself was a child.
“Ever since I was a little girl I was bubbly and very independent,” she said. “I used to tie the shoelaces of the younger children; I loved to take care of younger people. I’ve always felt close to children. I love how curious they are.”
That love has only grown since Kournikova retired from professional tennis in 2003. Since then, she has volunteered her time to the Boys and Girls Club, and in the process she said, “I’ve become a little kid also.”
That’s why she was so excited to be contacted by the "got breakfast?" foundation, a company that has created a product called “Breakfast Breaks,” a grab-and-go meal consisting of cereal, graham crackers and fruit juice.
Gary Davis, a representative of the "got breakfast?" foundation, said the program was designed in response to the fact that 29 million kids are signed up for the free lunch program at schools, yet only nine million of those children were taking advantage of the breakfast plan.
“The ‘got breakfast?’ campaign is focused on reaching as many kids as you can,” Davis said. “A classroom breakfast is the best way to do that.”
One local principal, Bill Thompson at North Palm Beach Elementary School, is already providing the “Breakfast Breaks” to his students, and because of that he will receive an award from Kournikova herself around 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the school, after she speak to 180 principals at the monthly principals’ meeting at School District headquarters.
Following the presentation, Kournikova will eat with the students and field their questions.
“It affects the well-being of kids,” she said. “Breakfast is the most important meal. It gives kids the energy they need to make it through the day.”
Kournikova said she prefers a breakfast of plain oatmeal, cereal with no sugar, plain yogurt with fresh fruit and scrambled eggs with vegetables mixed in.
This is Kournikova’s first presentation as a part of the company, but she and Davis plan to make the rounds nationally as the campaign builds.
Kournikova also has produced an exercise video for kids where she shows them easy techniques they can perform in the classroom.
“It’s all very basic and very fun,” she said.
And though she no longer plays on the WTA Tour, Kournikova has found other ways to fill her schedule.
She still models and does photo shoots every 4-6 months, and she plays in several tennis charity events. Recently, she was in Delray Beach for the Chris Evert Classic in November.
“I like the way I’ve settled in here,” she said.
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