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The Novak Djokovic Foundation among Nine “ATP ACES For Charity” Grant Recipients for 2017

by , Posted on 24th Jan 2017

The Novak Djokovic Foundation is one of  the nine recipients of the ATP ACES For Charity grant programme for 2017. Grants of $ 15,000 each will be awarded on an annual basis to charitable causes, nominated by ATP World Tour players, tournaments and alumni.

The ATP ACES For Charity grant will aid the Foundation in hosting the Friendship Games 2017. The event, annually held each fall, is a week-long retreat for Serbian children from socially disadvantaged communities. The goal of the friendship camp is to inspire better socialisation and inclusion through numerous creative workshops, games and group activities.

Entering its seventh year in 2017, the ATP ACES For Charity program is a global initiative aimed at giving back to communities where ATP World Tour events are played, as well as recognising and supporting tournament, player and alumni charitable initiatives. Since 2011, the grant programme has awarded 76 grants totalling more than $940,000 in donations.

Other recipients of the 2017 ATP ACES For Charity grants are Children Change Colombia, supported by Jamie Murray and dedicated to defending the rights of Colombia’s most at-risk and neglected children, the Zelmerlöw & Björkman Foundation’s boarding school in Kenya, Corazoncitos Foundation and Fundación Tenis Uruguay, Greater Curacao Tennis Patrons Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages, Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Center For Disabled Children and four social projects supported by the Rio Open: Tênis Para Todos, Tênis Solidário, Tênis na Lagoa and Escolinha de Tênis Fabiano de Paula.

The Novak Djokovic Foundation has been promoting early childhood development and inclusive preschool education that enables children from disadvantaged communities, especially in Serbia, to grow up, play and develop in a stimulative, creative and safe environment. Over 6000 children throughout the country benefited from the projects and programs the Foundation implemented in 2016.

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