ATP ACES FOR CHARITY
Qureshi Donates Tennis Wheelchairs To Iraq
by ATP Staff|
Through his foundation, ‘Stop War, Start Tennis’, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi is donating five tennis wheelchairs to Iraq. Donations have already been made this year to Sri Lanka and Cambodia, with Pakistan and Syria due to receive wheelchairs too.
“We live in a world where bad things happen to good people,” said Qureshi, whose work with ‘Stop War, Start Tennis’ was recognised by Speaker of the UK House of Commons, John Bercow, earlier this year.
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“The good people of Iraq have been going through a very difficult period of turmoil and tragedy for a long time now. It is my desire that wheelchair tennis can give hope to those who have been disabled and also serve as a tool for reconciling communities and nations torn apart during war.”
Qureshi also expressed his gratitude to Jeff Launius, owner of the Texas Wild of the Mylan World Team Tennis League, who made a generous donation to the work of ‘Stop War, Start Tennis’.
“Men like Mr. Launius and the ATP World Tour understand and appreciate what sport can mean for those who have been disabled,” said Qureshi. “I am extremely grateful to the ATP ACES for Charity project for providing ‘Stop War, Start Tennis’ and other worthy causes of my colleagues on Tour the opportunity to give back to the game that has given us so much. The ATP World Tour allows us a global platform to shine a light on people in need and also showcase the true meaning of sports.”
‘Stop War, Start Tennis’ is dedicated to helping victims of landmines and other weapons of war in past and present conflict zones resume an active lifestyle. The foundation aims to use the sport as a bridge to unite communities and peoples of different races and religions.
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