The ATP Tour has announced the recipients of the 2020 ATP ACES for Charity grant programme with grants of $/€15,000 being awarded to nine charitable causes which were nominated by the ATP Tour Players, tournaments and alumni.
The grants have been awarded to Tennis Australia (The Australian Red Cross), the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the Novak Djokovic Foundation. Kevin Anderson's Foundation First Serve, the Marin Cilic Foundation, BB&T Atlanta Open (The Giving Kitchen), Nordea Open - Bastad (Jontefonden), Fayez Sarofim & Co.
U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship (the Houston Tennis Association NJTL) and the Krajicek Foundation. Tennis Australia would be donating its ATP grant to the Australian Red Cross that is providing a range of services to those that have been affected by the bushfires in New South Wales.
The Rafa Nadal Foundation works on the social integration of vulnerable children, care for young people with intellectual disability and promotion of sports talent and the grant will help towards nutritional help for 250 children and also towards the staff of the centres involved.
The Novak Djokovic Foundation helps children from disadvantaged communities to grow up, play and develop in stimulating, creative and safe settings. The ATP grant will contribute towards funding of the program throughout Serbia.
Kevin Anderson's First Serve is an after-school program that serves children from impoverished and high-crime areas, with the goal of engaging, educating and empowering students and helping develop them into leaders in their communities.
The ATP grant will help towards purchase of a pick-up van for the students and hiring of 12 additional mentors for their program in Belle Glade, Florida. For the Marin Cilic Foundation, the ATP grant will go towards the construction of a multi-functional sport court for children in one of Croatia’s poorest regions where access to sport and play is limited.
The BB&T Atlanta Open has been working with the Giving Kitchen, which provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources, since 2017. The ATP grant will provide a minimum of eight crisis grants.
The Nordea Open in Bastad works with Jontefonden, which was founded in 2017, to support children who have gone through a transplant and their families. The tournament will use its ATP grant for working on several initiatives with this foundation The Houston Tennis Association NJTL has been serving more than 6,000 children each year at more than 44 parks and schools that offer tennis as well as educational and scholarship opportunities for the communities in the Houston area.
The ATP grant will provide funds for the resurfacing of an NJTL site and offer programs so that the kids and families can have a safer, more enjoyable place to play tennis. The Krajicek Foundation’s mission is to help vulnerable children in the Netherlands play outside and participate in sports in a safe environment — on Krajicek Playgrounds — where they could become role models for other kids in their community.
The ATP grant will help 350 children enjoy sports and games daily on their Krajicek Playground amongst other initiatives.