Tecau Receives Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award
Horia Tecau has been honoured with the Humanitarian Award in the 2017 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon for his efforts in championing children’s rights and education in his home country of Romania.
The World No. 8 doubles player accepted the award at the Nitto ATP Finals Official Launch, presented by Moët & Chandon, on Thursday evening at the Tower of London.
"It’s a great award to receive," said Tecau. "I wasn’t expecting it. Not many people know about the efforts and the actions I’ve been doing outside the court. We have great ambassadors in our sport. We have Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and all these guys are champions on the court and outside the court. They all have foundations and that’s how I started getting involved with some humanitarian and educational programs back home in Romania.
"The little help that you’re doing can make a difference in that’s child’s life and it’s very pleasing and rewarding that you can help those kids just the way you were helped at some point."
The 32-year-old, who says all children should have access to kindergarten and school, was earlier honoured in April when he became a national ambassador for UNICEF in Romania.
“Horia Tecau is more than a world tennis champion, he is also a champion for the children. He has been campaigning for many years for children and their access to quality healthcare and education,” UNICEF representative in Romania, Sandie Blanchet, said at the time.
Tecau spoke about the added awareness he hoped the Award would bring to the charitable efforts back home. "I think it will encourage all these organisations to keep supporting, keep working," he said. "All these awards and all the media attention we get is support for them because we’re trying to spread it to more people and I want more people in Romania to know about it and get close to the program. An award like this helps bring the news out there."