Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2017, Roger Federer has witnessed a career in professional tennis full of astounding success. Federer is ranked world’s #3 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), bagged the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record five times, and won 20 Grand Slam Singles titles – the most in history by a male player…. And there’s lots more. Unquestionably, Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all time and his remarkable performance on the court is closely rivaled by his benevolent efforts.
“I knew I wanted to support children living in poverty by starting my own foundation” – Roger Federer
In Spotlight – The Roger Federer Foundation
Turns out the twenty-time grand slam singles champion is a pretty good philanthropist. From a very young age, Federer had a deep-rooted wish to give back to less privileged people. You may think where did this inspiration come from?
Federer’s mother comes from South Africa; hence he grew up seeing extreme poverty. He spent his holidays in that region where he learned at a very early age that not all children enjoyed the same privileges as he did while growing up in a country like Switzerland. That’s exactly why he founded the Roger Federer Foundation in 2003 intending to begin an exciting and educational journey for the deprived.
The Roger Federer Foundation works with sensibly selected local organizations and non-governmental authorities in long-term partnerships. It supports the development of individual skills, hunts for innovative solutions and acts in a targeted way to positively impact the children’s condition over the long term. It supports educational projects located in the region of southern Africa and Switzerland. Each of its projects focuses on the improvement of the quality of early learning and basic education.
Now let’s hear more about this foundation from Federer himself:
Federer wants to expand his foundation as much as possible and aspirers to serve the society for its well-being. He says, “I would like to grow the foundation. We are 15 years in and still feels like a baby though, and there is still so much to learn. I hope there is much more to come there” (Source).
In addition to consistent efforts with foundation, Federer is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and starred in a 2007 World AIDS Day public service announcement to raise awareness about the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children.
Children Are World’s Most Valuable Resource
Becoming a good philanthropist is a never-ending journey and challenges are obvious.
“Sooner or later, the moment will come when my tennis career is done and I have more time to spend with my foundation.”
He looks forward to travelling more often to Africa, visit the programs conducted, and raise more money for the cause. Children are the world’s most valuable resource and the best hope for the future. Roger Federer with his charitable foundation is surely playing a significant role in helping thousands of kids take better control of their future.