Former World No. 1 tennis star Victoria Azarenka is making her own efforts to raise funds for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami, Florida. The two-time Grand Slam champion, who has been staying in the United States for several years now and has also won the Miami Open twice in her caerrer, posted an update on her social media account - saying “I am Victoria Azarenka, a professional tennis player, and I’ve competed in several tournaments in South Florida.
It breaks my heart to see how COVID-19 is affecting the world, my friends, and family members. It has officially been 82 days since the CDC confirmed the United States’ first case of COVID-19. The outbreak has changed our lives in several ways, starting with the medical industry and now, as the crisis continues, it has affected 81% of Miami-Dade County small businesses and more than 248,000 families with children on top of the 59% of residents who were struggling to make ends meet.
I would like to help this local community by auctioning off a pair of my autographed custom tennis shoes. The proceeds will go towards United Way of Miami-Dade who has established the Miami Pandemic Response Fund. The fund will allow us to address short term impacts on working families with emergency needs including rent/mortgage assistance, food, medication and utilities, and issue micro-grants to small businesses”.
The auction will be starting on April 11, 2020, and will continue until April 25th at 1:59 pm EST.