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Fun and Funds at ATP All-Star Rally For Relief

 

 

 

INDIAN WELLS, California, U.S.A. --- The ATP All-Star Rally for Relief raised $18,282.76 for UNICEF, a figure that does not include revenue from ticket sales from Friday’s special night at the Pacific Life Open.

 

In an unprecedented show of support from the world’s greatest players, stars from both the ATP circuit and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour put on a crowd-pleasing show to raise funds and awareness. The event launched a new global partnership called ACE (Assisting Children Everywhere) aimed at harnessing the power of tennis to help ensure the health, education and protection of children everywhere.

 

The UNICEF-ATP partnership will focus on fundraising and advocacy. Among the first joint initiatives will be a campaign to raise money for global child immunization programs.

 

“I cannot think of a better way for UNICEF and the ATP to begin their partnership,” said Anne-Marie Grey, UNICEF Chief, International & Corporate Alliances Private Sector Division. “The gesture of the all world’s top tennis players to donate their time, energy and enthusiasm for this event and cause was extremely impressive. We also applaud the generosity of the Pacific Life Open fans for providing this tremendous benefit to the world’s most vulnerable children.”

 

ATP players participating were Roger Federer, who hosted the ATP Foundation event, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, Carlos Moya, Andre Agassi, David Nalbandian, Guillermo Coria, Paradorn Srichaphan and Tim Henman. Sony Ericsson WTA Tour players who played and also helped pass UNICEF buckets through the crowd to collect funds were Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva, Amelie Mauresmo and Daniela Hantuchova. Lindsay Davenport, Taylor Dent and Lisa Raymond also raised funds for UNICEF at a pre-event gathering at the Indian Wells Village Stage.

 

About UNICEF

For nearly 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 158 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls, access to clean water and sanitation, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of governments, businesses, foundations and individuals, and through our National Committees for UNICEF we sell greeting cards and other products that help advance humanity.