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Novak Djokovic Foundation Donates $20,000 to Centro Mater Childcare Programs

by , Posted on 28th Mar 2016

MIAMI, FL (March 28, 2016) — Novak Djokovic, world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis, visited Centro Mater Childcare Center today to mark a $20,000 donation from his Foundation to support the organization’s programs for disadvantaged children.

Following his visit to the Centro Mater center, Novak Djokovic said that supporting the dreams of children is very important to Jelena and him, and it will always be.

We have a long-term vision for our Foundation to support the disadvantaged children to reach their potential. Real change happens when people and organizations work together. That is why we are proud to support Centro Mater, an organization that shares our passion to help children through early childhood education.

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The Novak Djokovic Foundation’s Global CEO, Alberto Lidji, added:

The services provided to disadvantaged children at Centro Mater are invaluable and improve equality of opportunity and chances for lifelong success for the very youngest members of society. Children are hugely influenced by their early education so programs such as this can have a life altering impact. 

(teachers from left to right) Milagros Rodriguez & Ileana Hernandez

(teachers from left to right) Milagros Rodriguez & Ileana Hernandez

Centro Mater Foundation Chair, Octavio Verdeja, Jr. said the donation would be welcomed by the families of the preschoolers who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a summer learning camp.  

We are overjoyed that the Novak Djokovic Foundation shares our commitment to the wellbeing of children who feel Centro Mater is their home away from home. This donation will make a huge difference in their critical formative years during which self-confidence, creativity, and motivation are developed. We’re extremely grateful to the Novak Djokovic Foundation for its generosity, which will have a lasting impact on our youngest and most vulnerable into their adult years.

Our pupils were delighted to meet Mr. Djokovic and have a chance to play tennis with the world No1.

(from left to right) Octavio A. Verdeja, Jr. (CMF Chairman), Novak, Madelyn R. Llanes (Centro Mater Program Administrator), Dr. J. Abilio Rodriguez (Centro Mater Executive Director)

(from left to right) Octavio A. Verdeja, Jr. (CMF Chairman), Novak, Madelyn R. Llanes (Centro Mater Program Administrator), Dr. J. Abilio Rodriguez (Centro Mater Executive Director)

David Lawrence Jr., the chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida:

Preparing children to succeed in school and in life presents a huge challenge and opportunity for countries around the world. The commitment of the NDF to support early childhood education is a welcome contribution to meeting this challenge.

(from left to right) Isabel de Quesada (Centro Mater Foundation Board Member), Elizabeth van Walleghem (CMF Board Member), Novak, Octavio A. Verdeja, Jr. (CMF Chairman), Claudia de la Cruz (CMF Board Member)

(from left to right) Isabel de Quesada (Centro Mater Foundation Board Member), Elizabeth van Walleghem (CMF Board Member), Novak, Octavio A. Verdeja, Jr. (CMF Chairman), Claudia de la Cruz (CMF Board Member)

Novak and Jelena Djokovic founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007 to invest in early childhood education and development programs. The Foundation has invested in projects in Serbia, the Balkans, Australia and North America. The Foundation is involved in promoting the virtues of supporting Early Childhood Education and Development globally, through its partnership with the World Bank and Novak Djokovic’s role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

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  • lrstrnad93@aol.com' Louise Strnad says:

    Novak, your fans are so proud of the work you and Jelena do. So many children will benefit from you Foundations work. Keep up the good work. We love you!

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