The Williams family has their own foundation, run by Oracene Williams. It covers literacy, health(importance of physical fitness). There were some other things, I can't remember. My cousins went to the charity match involving the sisters for the foundation, they were giving a pamphlet, that summarizes the many goals of the foundation. I can't think of the rest, I'll ask them.
No player has been more commited to charity work than ANDREA JAEGER. She gave up her career to dedicate her life to working with disabled children.
Of the current players, Chanda Rubin and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario come to mind as those who have committed quite a bit of time to charitable activities. And they both do it without fanfare. On the men's side, Patrick Rafter has made very large donations to charitable organizations in Australia.
I think most of the players support charities. Some do it for the publicity; some start their own foundations to support causes they care for passionately; others donate anonymously.<br /> Zina Garrison, Justin Gimelstob, Pam Shriver, Corina Morariu, Pete Sampras, Monica Seles -- these are ones I know the most about, in addition to those named already. <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" />
Here is a recent article about something Amelie is involved in:
'Christopher Lambert, star of the ``Highlander'' films, is among the celebrities who have joined singer Phil Collins in his efforts to help talented children realize their dreams.
The Little Dreams Foundation, co-founded by Collins and his Swiss-born wife, Orianne, provides financial aid to children ages 4 to 16 who have athletic or artistic talent.
``There are a lot of children out there with a lot of untapped talent, who simply don't have the opportunity to realize their dream to play the guitar or the piano, for instance,'' said Collins. ``Their parents don't have the money, they don't have the opportunity.
``If they get selected, we help them get on their way, we guide them.''
To join, children fill out a questionnaire on the foundation's Web site and then submit a resume. Those selected can receive financial aid for education, training and equipment, as well as moral and technical support and guidance from ``godparents.''
The couple have enlisted several celebrities as ``godparents'' to guide children in different ``world of dreams,'' including music, art and dance, comedy, film and sports.
On Wednesday, Lambert joined as a godparent for film.
Other godparents include former Swiss World Cup overall champion Erika Hess, who signed on for skiing; Bryan Jones, who will be a ballooning mentor; and France's Arnaud Boetsch and Amelie Mauresmo, who signed on for tennis.'
<br />Last year Amelie also donated her winnings from playing doubles at the Italian Open to a child that had been injured in a car crash.
I know ASV has done significant amounts of charity work in her travels ... she is well known for her charity work as well <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <br />Its great that the Williams give to charity .... with the money that they earn it would make a considerable difference <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <br />Patrick Rafter has probably done the most for charity organisations - he gives plenty of his prizemoney away to them.... its great to see the players are all so generous <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Chanda has established a foundation to help with her charitable endeavours. In addition, she takes a direct hand in helping out:<ul>[*]The United Negro College Fund<br />[*]The American Heart Association<br />[*]Bishop Charity Fund<br />[*]the Women's Sports Foundation<br />[*]the Children's Museum<br />[*]Athletes Against Drugs<br />[*]Wheelchair Tennis<br />[*]Special Olympics<br />[*]the American Tennis Association (helps minorities)<br />[*]works with disabled and disadvantaged children<br />[*]the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation, supporting education opportunities as well as tennis[/list]
In addition, she supports grassroots tennis, and personally put up the money to save 5 junior events in the US which would have been lost (and cost young players opportunities to develop). She's a spokesperson for the tour's ACES and F.I.R.S.T.SERVE programs (encouraging kids to stay in school). She conducts over a dozen clinics per year, and adds 3 schools per year to her grassroots program. She participates actively in state and local communities, and has involved herself in the political process by campaigning door-to-door.
Her coach says she'll often take time to do things in the middle of tournaments.
I'm sure we've just scratched the surface. Many players reognize how fortunate they are, and give of themselves to others. Why don't the tennis writers do a big story on this? It would give a positive image to the sport. Rather than having tennis players perceived as spoiled, pampered brats, they could show that tennis players do as much as any athletes.