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Tennis Players and Foundations Pulling Together for Katrina Victims

September 12, 2005 03:41 PM


From athletes to entertainers to corporations, so many in the United States are donating to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.  Andy Roddick personally gave $50,000 to the McCormack Tribune Foundation’s Special Funding for Hurricane Katrina which will be used for food, shelter, health care and other basic necessities so desperately needed by the victims.  In total, so far, the McCormick Tribune Foundation has raised more than $5.5 million. One hundred percent of all money donated will support disaster relief organizations, in both the short and long term.

In light of the Hurricane disaster, Andy Roddick recently stated, “I think we all need to realize how lucky we are to be healthy. I truly feel blessed. It makes our day to day problems seem rightfully petty. I also love how our country reacts to adversity, and we all become one to help in the fight.”

Many players donated autographed memorabilia to the ATP and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour TennisKatrina.com online auction.  Among them:  James Blake, Lindsay Davenport,  the Bryan brothers, Kim Clijsters, Rafael Nadal, Venus Williams, Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, Dominik Hrbaty, Mary Pierce and Justine Henin-Hardenne.  Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Robby Ginepri,  Scoville Jenkins, Donald Young and Amelie Mauresmo also will donate memorabilia to the TennisKatrina.com auction.

The auction items are now on display at www.TennisKatrina.com and can be accessed directly or via the official sites ATPtennis.com and WTATour.com. The auction is part of a multi-tiered effort by the sport of tennis at the US Open to assist those affected in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that struck the southeastern United States in late August.

The Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) donated two front row tickets to Lionel Richie’s private concert on December 9, where the lucky winners will be seated alongside Rachel Hunter, Tori Spelling, Daisy Fuentes, Ali Landry, Tracy Ross, and Andy.  The tickets were auctioned off by co-hosts Kenny and Footy on Miami’s #1 radio station Y 100 (100.7) for $5,000.

Upon hearing about the ARF donation on the radio, Miami Dolphin’s Head Coach Nick Saben donated the Dolphin suite for a home game.  The suite sold for $12,000.  Coach Saben and the University of Miami, (which provided the venue and volunteers for the collection,) were very pleasantly surprised by the outcome of this radio auction!  Kenny and Footy broadcasted all morning Sept. 6 for listeners to call in and donate whatever they could to The American Red Cross.  By noon, 100.7 listeners had donated a whopping $50,000.

Donating these two tickets “started an influx of generosity,” said Footy.  He credits the Andy Roddick Foundation for its quick thinking, creativity of celebrity influence, and lure of offering front row tickets seated next to Andy and his guests.

In addition, the ATP and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour are continuing to work with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to develop additional initiatives to raise funds and awareness for those affected by this devastating hurricane. The USTA announced earlier that it will donate $500,000 from US Open proceeds toward the American Red Cross hurricane relief effort for affected communities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

US Open broadcasters CBS Sports and USA Network have aired special messages from top players and legends during US Open telecasts to encourage viewer support for the relief effort. The USTA also donated commercial time regarding the effort within US Open television broadcasts to the national audience of 85 million fans who were expected to watch the US Open on television, and have been accepting donations from fans at the US Open since Labor Day weekend.

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The Andy Roddick Foundation: to “help children today for tomorrow.”
For more information about the Andy Roddick Foundation, please visit www.arfoundation.org.
To read more about the McCormick Tribune Foundation Relief Campaign, please go to www.rrmtf.org.
For More Information: Contact Doris Porter at The Andy Roddick Foundation at 561-620-9449.

 

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