LONDON — Nine charitable causes, nominated by ATP World Tour tournaments, players and alumni, will receive $/€15,000 grants through the ATP ACES For Charity programme in 2015, including the BB&T Atlanta Open and the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta.
BB&T Atlanta Open: The tournament and their title sponsor, BB&T, support the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta to help promote tennis in the region and to ensure an outreach to a diverse and underserved audience. Over the course of the last ten years, Y's across Atlanta have introduced the sport of tennis to more than 60,000 children, empowering healthy living – one of the YMCA’s main initiatives to help children reach their full potential and prepare themselves to connect to and serve the community. The BB&T Atlanta Open kicks off with “Tennis Night on the Town”, benefitting youth tennis programs at Ys across Atlanta.
This year’s recipients include the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta, the Special Olympics and Fight Aids organisations in Monte-Carlo, the Swedish Cancer Society, Officine Terenzio, and the Tomas Berdych Foundation, which aspires to develop human potential through sports activities and projects. A trio of grants have been awarded to programmes assisting the impoverished: Magic Bus in Chennai, India; HomeAid OC in Orange County, California, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Newport, Rhode Island.
An ATP ACES For Charity grant will also support the “Brad Drewett Motor Neurone Disease Charity Day”, which will bring together members of the ATP family this February in Australia to raise money and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Foundation.
Entering its fifth year in 2015, 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 51 grants totalling more than $620,000 in donations.