WTA Charities play an active role in Tennis Plays for Peace, Special Olympics and more

In response to the invasion of Ukraine, the WTA, ATP, ITF and the four Grand Slams – Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open – “Tennis Plays for Peace” announced a joint initiative to support humanitarian relief efforts for Ukraine with one goal to raise 1 million.

To support “Tennis Plays For Peace”, Credit One Charleston Open hosted a Pro-Am in favor of WTA Charities with current WTA stars along with Hall of Famers Pam Shriver and Tracy Austin who joined local tennis enthusiasts to raise money a total of $ 100,000. WTA players such as former Charleston Open champion Madison Keys, Mount Pleasant native Shelby Rogers and Ukrainian player Anhelina Kalinina, among others, teamed up in doubles matches with local players.

“It was so great to see everyone come together to support Ukraine,” Kalinina said. “This Pro-Am is so important, and the money raised will help anyone who is suffering over there right now. Thanks to Credit One Charleston Open and the WTA Charities for organizing.”

The “Tennis Player for Peace” campaign has already received more than $ 940,000 in donations and is counting toward its goal.

Special Olympics

It was a busy week at the Credit One Charleston Open with Special Olympics athletes invited to a day of tennis and a surprise meeting with WTA player Caroline Dolehide. In a special presentation, WTA Charities made a donation to donate custom team jerseys to Rockin Racquets, the local Special Olympics tennis team.

Photo by Credit One Charleston Open / Chris Smith

Privilegium tax

To celebrate Equal Pay Day on March 15 and Women’s History Month, WTA Charities joined Venus Williams’ “Privilege Tax” campaign to highlight that women still earn only 84 cents for every $ 1 paid to men. WTA Charities donated to Venus’ favorite organization, Girls Inc., a charity committed to inspiring girls to be strong, smart and daring, while Tennis Warehouse, a WTA partner, also joined the cause to draw attention on gender pay gaps by including an optional $ 1 “Privilege Tax” donation on online sales with all proceeds going to Girls Inc.

Harps for children

During the BNP Paribas Open, the WTA Charities teamed up with Harper for Kids (run by Peanut and Tim Harper) to celebrate Women’s History Month with students in the Coachella Valley.

More than 2,500 students attended school gatherings at seven schools over the course of fourteen days to learn the story of the WTA and to hear the story of the Original 9. The initiative provided a platform for students to gain insight into the pioneers and leaders who endured it bigger well. At the end of each session, students held up their original 9-cards to thank the women for their leadership and contributions as shown in the image below.

“This was an opportunity for students to think about and share how they too can make a positive difference in the lives of others,” said Peanut Harper.

Photo by Credit One Charleston Open

Space to read

During Women’s History Month, WTA Charities supported Garbiñe Muguruza and her partnership with Room to Read, a girls’ literacy fund that allows more girls to learn to read. WTA Charities made a donation to Room to Read as part of her commitment to raise the necessary funding for a new school library at Banlech Prasat Primary School in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia, and urges WTA Charities supporters to do the same at fundraise.roomtoread .org / fundraiseusd / garbine-muguruza. “

Hological partnership

With the exciting announcement of Hologic as the new title sponsor for the WTA Tour, WTA Charities also got a new partner for WTA Charities’ ACEing Cancer program. Starting with the BNP Paribas Open, Hologic will donate for every ace served at all WTA 500 and 1000 level tournaments throughout 2022.

The WTA Charities’ ACEing Cancer Campaign raises money to find a cure in the fight against women’s cancers. WTA players and legends will participate in ACEing Cancer activities to raise awareness of the need for early detection, diagnosis and treatment. Visit http://www.wtatennis.com/aceingcancer to learn more about ACEing Cancer and join the WTA team by donating.

The Hologic WTA Tour partnership begins at a crucial time when health surveys are down for women worldwide due to the COVID pandemic. It is now more important than ever for women to prioritize their health with an annual Well Woman visit. Visit ScreeningsForHer.com to learn more about the Well Woman Exam.


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