Bryan Brothers Scoop Fan And Humanitarian Awards
Bryan brothers win humanitarian award and fan favourite award for doubles
Their Barclays ATP World Tour Finals campaign may have ended in the semi-finals on Saturday, but Bob and Mike Bryan are not leaving London empty-handed. The Californian twins were awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award and the ATPWorldTour.com Fans' Favourite presented by Moet & Chandon Award for doubles.
They were awarded the Arthur Ashe award for their off-court philanthropy with their own charity, the Bryan Brothers Foundation, raising money for dozens of beneficiaries. The foundation's mission is to “support and grow the dreams of children”, which it does by “identifying and supporting charities and causes that help at-risk youth survive and thrive”.
“That came out of the blue, kind of a surprise,” Mike said. “We're proud of our charity work, the Bryan Brothers Foundation. We're doing all we can to help kids survive and thrive and expose them to arts, athletics and academics, set them up in their lives, help them achieve their dreams.”
Bob said the work the brothers were particularly proud of was Team Bryan in Las Vegas. “We work with a guy, Ryan Wolfington. He's taking kids out of troubled homes, teaching them tennis, helping them get college scholarships, really get their lives started, get on the right track,” Bob said.
“There was a girl, I'm not going to say her name, she's coming from a rough household. Parents, they drink, they were roughing her up a little bit. She was very depressed and tried to take her life. This was in Australia. She's part of this Team Bryan. We were able to send her a message. I wrote a song for her.
“Our foundation does give to that program and supports her. But she's now on the right track. She came to our event, helped us out as a volunteer. We've stayed really in touch with her. It's nice that we were able to change her life for the better. It seems like she's doing great and totally out of the woods.”
The Bryans received 35 per cent of the votes to win the fans’ favourite award in doubles for a record 11th time. “The Fan Favourite award is a trophy that we always treasure,” Bob said. “It is really important to us to have the fans vote and their support. We're always trying to give back, sign the extra autograph, put on a good show for the people around the world. It's nice that they recognise that.”