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Ana Ivanovic nominated for 2008 Women of Courage Award by the U.S. State Department

Good day people! The U.S. Department has nominated Ana Ivanovic for the 2008 Women of Courage Award!

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17 April 2008

Beautiful Tennis Sensation Is Also a Philanthropist
UNICEF Ambassador Ana Ivanovic is committed to the rights of children



By Jane Morse
Staff Writer



Washington -- Search the Internet and you will find hundreds of photos of the beautiful Ana Ivanovic. But it takes a little more digging to discover that this 20-year-old tennis superstar from Serbia is a philanthropist as well.

In 2007 Ivanovic accepted the post of national ambassador for UNICEF to her homeland. In this post, she serves as an advocate for children’s rights, especially in education and child protection.

One of her first acts as UNICEF ambassador was to fund the School without Violence Program in three additional schools in Serbia. Launched by UNICEF in 2003, the program educates children, teachers, parents and the broader community in Serbia about the problem of intolerance, violence and harassment in schools. UNICEF, in partnership with various departments in the Serbian government, is working to implement this novel program in more than 50 schools throughout the country.

In announcing her financial donation, Ivanovic said, “I will give my contribution and hope that it will add up to the positive changes that are occurring for children in Serbia.”

This talented athlete, now the sixth-ranked female player in the world, first picked up a tennis racket at the age of 5 after watching the game on television. Inspired by Monica Seles of Yugoslavia, who then held the world’s Number 1 position in tennis, Ivanovic started out practicing in a swimming pool.

“It was a club where they had an Olympic pool, but it was very expensive to keep it warm during the winter and not many people were using it,” Ivanovic explained. “So they emptied the pool and put a carpet inside and placed two tennis courts in it. It was impossible to play cross court because you were so close to the wall, and we had to keep playing down the lines."

Born the year that Slobodan Milosevic came to power and began Serbia’s descent into pariah status, Ivanovic now provides a shining example of professional excellence and dedicated service to young Serbs. For this reason, she was nominated for the U.S. Secretary of State’s 2008 Women of Courage Award. The award, inaugurated in 2007, is the result of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s desire to recognize exceptional women around the globe.

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This nomination is better than when I hinted for a meeting of the 2006 US Open Series Champion, Ana Ivanovic, and the then [2006] U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, during a State Department live internet web chat.
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"This talented athlete, now the sixth-ranked female player in the world".

It's rather unclear she is nominated for either her looks, her Unicef's help or the old swimming pool thing.

Looks like a huge honor. Too bad the article looks like it was written for a local Mississippi newspapers.

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"This talented athlete, now the sixth-ranked female player in the world".

It's rather unclear she is nominated for either her looks, her Unicef's help or the old swimming pool thing.

Looks like a huge honor. Too bad the article looks like it was written for a local Mississippi newspapers.

Congrats.
Right... she is nominated b/c swimming pool and her look and if US officials knows that she is not #6 (she is current #2) in the world... she will never get this nomination

and I'm not even fan of Ana Ivanovic... just an objective observer who realize how perfect she is

AMAZING BELGRADE MIRACLE: In just three years (2008-2011) 5 different players born in same city reach world #1 in rankings and several GS titles and finals (WTA singles: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, ATP singles: Novak Djokovic, ATP doubles: Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor... with notable performances of Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki which is also all three born in Belgrade)
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Right, like JJ isnt a UNICEF ambassador for Serbia -_-

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Right... she is nominated b/c swimming pool and her look and if US officials knows that she is not #6 (she is current #2) in the world... she will never get this nomination
Like I said, it's weird to see such a bad article for that kind of award.

Focus on Unicef, that's more important than whatever else.
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oh my...i'm afraid these news won't exactly cheer most oh her compatriots up...
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This is a great honor. Is there going to be some kind of ceremony?

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oh my...i'm afraid these news won't exactly cheer most oh her compatriots up...
not true at all.
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Waiting for the Ana haters to show up and tell us she hasn't won a slam yet
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we're talkin about an award given by the state departent right?i thought the anti americanism in serbia has reached a new high after the kosovo issue (and not without a reason.. if a coutry's government was resposible for bombing the hell out of mine i'd be pretty mad at them too )

anyway since u r a serbian i guess u know better
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we're talkin about an award given by the state departent right?i thought the anti americanism in serbia has reached a new high after the kosovo issue (and not without a reason.. if a coutry's government was resposible for bombing the hell out of mine i'd be pretty mad at them too )

anyway since u r a serbian i guess u know better
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"This talented athlete, now the sixth-ranked female player in the world".

It's rather unclear she is nominated for either her looks, her Unicef's help or the old swimming pool thing.

Looks like a huge honor. Too bad the article looks like it was written for a local Mississippi newspapers.

Congrats.
Ana was nominated for her courage to stand up to violence in Serbia's schools. You believe me when I say students in Serbia have access to weapons from the 1990’s civil wars. This information was passed on to me from Serbia’s MUP, Serbia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs .

Ana not only achieved Nation wide media coverage but also international coverage. Ana put her money where her mouth is and donated her TSN Sportscentre commercial money to UNICEF in order to initiate the Schools Without Violence programme in Serbia. Within months she donated a further $60 000 to the Schools Without Violence programme from a December 7, 2007 charity event called NAJ (prefix for “best“). This week, prior to her nomination for 2008 Women of Courage Award, UNIFEC announced Ana Ivanovic’s initiative and funding for Schools Without Violence programme has expanded from the initial three schools to fifteen schools. That is fast for being an UNIFEC Ambassador for seven months while touring the world, competing in tennis and many other obligations.

Ana has plenty to be proud of for her age, gender and upbringing as a citizen of Serbia. Ana Ivanovic should win this award!
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we're talkin about an award given by the state departent right?i thought the anti americanism in serbia has reached a new high after the kosovo issue (and not without a reason.. if a coutry's government was resposible for bombing the hell out of mine i'd be pretty mad at them too )

anyway since u r a serbian i guess u know better
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