ATP ACES For Charity Presents Grant In Beijing
At the China Open this week in Beijing, the ATP ACES for Charity Programme awarded a grant of $15,000 to the Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Center For Disabled Children, a unique charitable service that offers rehabilitation through art education to families of disabled youth.
Children at Golden Wings have been given the opportunity to engage with the sport of tennis in an entirely new way: The organisation established the first tennis team of autistic children in China, an outlet for the kids to burn off some energy and have fun along the way.
In addition, since 2015, the China Open has worked in tandem with Golden Wings’ Little Painter programme to provide their students with the opportunity to have their artwork turned into posters for the tournament, which can be seen around the grounds.
For more than seven years, the organisation has raised over ¥600, 000 for its students families, and in the process opening the doors to a mobile art museum that has featured 2,300 art projects of Golden Wings’ students. In the past three years, more than 100 visitors have seen the student works of art fostered by the center and its dedicated educators.
Entering its seventh year in 2017, the ATP ACES For Charity program is a global initiative aimed at giving back to communities where ATP World Tour events are played, as well as recognising and supporting tournament, player and alumni charitable initiatives.
Since 2011, the programme has awarded 76 grants totalling more than $940,000 in donations.