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Fish Among Charity Recipients Honoured In Indian Wells

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

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Top 10 star Mardy Fish was honoured Thursday in Indian Wells along with two other ATP Aces For Charity awards recipients: doubles player Eric Butorac and The Champions Volunteer Foundation, the primary beneficiary of the BNP Paribas Open.

The players and Foundation are among this year’s 14 recipients who support a range of causes, encompassing youth enrichment programmes in Africa and Chennai, earthquake relief in New Zealand, healthcare in St. Petersburg and Sydney, HIV/AIDS education in Washington D.C., and social services for children in Colombia, Zagreb, and Austin, Texas.

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.

Mardy Fish: The Mardy Fish Foundation provides children with access to after-school exercise, nutritional and enrichment programmes in a safe environment to prepare them for healthy, productive and successful lives. Since its establishment in 2006, the Mardy Fish Foundation has opened after-school programs in 13 elementary schools, benefiting more than 2,000 students in Indian River County, Florida, and initiated Mardy’s Kids on Courts, allowing local youth to improve their tennis skills through competition.

BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells): The Champions Volunteer Foundation, the primary beneficiary of the BNP Paribas Open, raises funds for charitable purposes, including youth recreational, educational and well-care programmes. Since its inception in 2002, the foundation has donated over $1.2 million to a variety of local non-profit organisations. Its two newest grants, the Charlie Pasarell and Peggy Michel Awards, will be offered to local high schools in the Coachella Valley.

Eric Butorac: Saint Paul Urban Tennis (SPUT), nominated by Eric Butorac, provides children of all ethnicities and economic backgrounds a chance to experience tennis with the goal of introducing them to a healthy, life-long activity and important life skills. SPUT works with thousands of children over 55 sites across the city of St. Paul, Minnesota and provides scholarship assistance to those from low-income households. In 2009, Butorac created an annual season-ending event to benefit SPUT, the Minnesota Tennis Challenge, which offers children and their families a chance to meet and interact with ATP players.

Grants of $10,000 each will be awarded by the ATP on an annual basis to charitable causes nominated by ATP World Tour players and tournaments.

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