Djokovic Unites Future Champions
Novak Djokovic Foundation, within its program “Path of a Champion”, donated tennis balls to clubs throughout Serbia and held a Kids Play Day for the youngest players; donation is to extend to the countries in the region – because sport knows no boundaries.
On the courts of Novak Tennis Center, Novak Djokovic Foundation donated tennis balls to clubs throughout Serbia and their youngest members. It also organized a Play Day/public practice. This event is a part of the Foundation’s unique program – Path of a Champion.
The donation of tennis balls to clubs in Serbia is planned to be spread to countries in the region. It represents a campaign whose goal is to inspire future champions to fight for their dreams and to persevere on this journey while playing. Another goal is to connect the children from within the region through sport and a healthy lifestyle. The importance of playing sports is one of the crucial tenets of Novak Djokovic and the Foundation: they encourage young people to believe in themselves and embrace the values celebrating hard work, dedication, creativity, unity, cooperation, fair play, and tolerance.
“We at the Novak Djokovic Foundation, and within our program Path of a Champion, are very proud and happy to donate kids’ tennis balls to clubs in Serbia who are actively working on popularization of the sport. With their dedicated work, they confirm time and again that they are on the right path of a champion that leads to success through play. The enlargement of this donation to clubs in the neighboring countries encompasses Novak’s personal beliefs and values that sport connects people, overcomes differences and transcends boundaries – while uniting them into one winning team on all world meridians, whether they are in our part of the world or, like Novak at the moment – in Tokyo!” – said Ana Jovanović, manager and author of the program Path of a Champion, and a former international of Serbia’s Fed Cup team.
Play Day brought together more than 30 children aged 6-12, emerging stars of the sport, who enjoyed showcasing their tennis abilities, acquiring new knowledge from experienced coaches at Novak Tennis Center – and sent a clear message of love and support to the world’s best player. This event symbolically showed the love and gratitude that the future champions have for the current champion.
The NDF program Path of a Champion, successfully premiered at this year’s International Day of Sport panel, is unique because it provides adequate support to parents of future athletes through education and strengthens their capacities in this rather demanding role. It has been embraced and endorsed by a growing number of eminent professionals from the fields of sport and sports psychology and health. In its multiple forms, this program will keep enhancing the development of the ecosystem of involvement in sports. It will keep empowering parents in following their children’s sports development through play, happiness, fulfillment, and success.