The Novak Djokovic Foundation and RSM Held Successful Fundraiser in Chicago to benefit children in Serbia
Tennis star Novak Djokovic hosted Breakfast with Champions, a unique event that offered some of Chicago’s biggest tennis fans a chance to hear directly from the 2018 US Open champion and other special guests while raising funds to benefit early childhood development primarily in Serbia.
Taking place earlier today in Chicago, Novak was joined by Roger Federer. The discussion, moderated by Patrick McEnroe, included many topics — their personal achievements, their shared passion for tennis and family, and their commitment to make the world a better place for future generations.
The Novak Djokovic Foundation event brought together a range of guests and sponsors, including presenting sponsor RSM, in order to raise funds to invest in early childhood education primarily in Serbia, where only one in two children has access to pre-school education.
Early childhood development is a key global issue, with the latest UNICEF figures highlighting education as the single most cost-effective and efficient investment to ensure all children have a fair chance to reach their potential. Yet across the globe, more than half of children lack access to pre-primary education.
Launched in 2007, the Foundation focuses on the school building, teacher training and enhanced support for Serbian families. To date, more than 20,000 children have been reached by our programs, and the Foundation has trained over 1,600 teachers, rebuilt 40 schools and supported more than 1000 families.
Through the money raised the Foundation will be able to provide more children in Serbia with access to early childhood development programs.
“We’re delighted to have supported such a prestigious and high-profile event featuring two of the greatest tennis players of all time,”
said Andy Bosman, chief marketing officer with RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services.
“Those who attended the Breakfast with Champions enjoyed a fantastic morning of conversation, and had an experience that will stay with them forever. What’s most important, however, is the lasting benefits the event will offer children in Serbia, enhancing their access to the early childhood education, as enhancing children’s education is a value the RSM US Foundation and the Novak Djokovic Foundation share. and giving them the best possible opportunity to make the most of their potential.”
Jelena Djokovic, the co-founder, and the director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation said:
“For more than a decade, the Foundation has been working tirelessly to ensure Serbian children get the same access to early childhood education as others across the world. Through world-class events like this, and the generous support of our sponsors including RSM, we can continue on our mission and reach thousands of children as we look to boost our goal to achieve 90 percent pre-school access in Serbia by 2030: the same timeframe as the Sustainable Development Goals.”