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Andy Roddick Foundation Gala Raises More Than $1 Million

Austin, Texas

Roddick© Getty ImagesThe Andy Roddick Foundation has raised more than $10million since its inception in 2000.

Since his retirement from professional tennis at the US Open, former World No. 1 Andy Roddick has been busy ramping up fundraising efforts for the Andy Roddick Foundation.

With the support of nine-time Grammy Award winning musician John Legend, actor Matthew McConaughey and Roddick’s actress wife, Brooklyn Decker, last Friday night’s seventh annual Andy Roddick Foundation charity gala in Austin, Texas raised more than $1million for the Foundation.

"The foundation is growing, and this event gives us strong momentum going into 2013," said the 30-year-old Roddick, who has committed himself to the ARF programmes since calling time on his 13-year tennis career with a fourth-round defeat to Juan Martin del Potro at Flushing Meadows.

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The event proceeds  will  help fund youth programs at a new 10,000 square-foot, eight-court tennis and learning facility in Austin, and other youth programs run by its partner organisations. "The statistics we've uncovered in our research demonstrate a great need for our continued and focused efforts to impact the lives of youths. We want to spread opportunity and nurture each individual's talent," said Roddick, as he introduced the Foundation’s new informational video during the gala.

Roddick created the Foundation in 2000 and in that time has raised more than $10million for its youth programmes, as well as various Texas- and South Florida-based youth organisations. With the motto, "Talent Is Universal, Opportunity Is Not," the Andy Roddick Foundation serves to "develop and inspire underserved youth through educational and sports-based mentoring, preparing each youth to succeed in the game of life."

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