JCF Foundation Accepts ATP ACES For Charity Grant
by ATP Staff|
Juan Carlos Ferrero received a €10,000 ATP ACES For Charity grant for the Juan Carlos Ferrero Foundation from ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett and ATP CEO Europe Laurent Delanney in the final tournament of his career at the Valencia Open 500.
“I want to thank the ATP for choosing to support my foundation through the ATP Aces for Charity grant programme,” said Ferrero. “This donation is very much appreciated and will help children in need get closer to tennis.”
Ferrero played his last singles match against countryman Nicolas Almagro and is competing in the doubles event with David Ferrer. The 32-year-old Villena resident has managed a number of off-court activities during his time on the ATP World Tour, including his foundation, a tennis academy and Hotel Ferrero.
“Tennis has given me a lot throughout the years and it is very important for me to be able to give something back,” Ferrero said. “Now that I am retiring from professional tennis I am looking forward to spending more time on my projects such as the Fundacion Juan Carlos Ferrero.”
On Saturday, Ferrero joined UNICEF and the Valencia Open 500 to bring awareness on the effects of child malnutrition and the importance of preventing it.
"Currently, nearly 20 million children (under five years old) suffer acute malnutrition. Every day can be the last for them,” says Ferrero. “Please send an SMS with the word ‘UNICEF’ to 28028, every day counts. Each SMS is the equivalent to one’s day treatment for child acute malnutrition. I’ve already sent it!”
Ferrero is among 14 recipients of the 2012 ATP ACES For Charity grants, supporting a range of causes worldwide, from children’s social services and youth enrichment programmes to healthcare, HIV/AIDS education and earthquake relief.
The ATP ACES For Charity programme, launched in 2011, is a global initiative aimed at giving back to communities where ATP World Tour events are played, as well as recognising and supporting tournament and player charitable initiatives.
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