WTA Stars Raise $25000 For A Good Cause

Singapore , 25 Oct 2016

Stars of the WTA donated their time today in support of SportCares Foundation at the Play with the Stars & Play for Change charity fundraiser at the OCBC Arena practice courts.

WTA stars, Martina Hingis and Martina Navratilova, got on court with young tennis players from Singapore, thanks to corporate donors who had pledged S$5,000 each to SportCares, a philanthropic foundation that activates sport for social good.

“Today’s fundraiser showcases the potential for sport to bring together different aspects of our society,” says Richard Seow, Chairman, Sport Singapore. “Young players were given a golden opportunity to play some of the finest tennis players the world has ever seen, thanks to the generosity of the WTA stars and the support of donors who believe in the power of sport to do social good.”

The proceeds from this fundraiser will help SportCares continue to make a real difference in the lives of children and youth living in hardship. SportCares has been able to reach more than 12,000 children and youth from low-income backgrounds through its holistic sports programming, including its Love Singapore tennis programme for girls. With support from both individuals and the corporate sector, SportCares aims to help more people live better through sport.

Melissa Pine, Vice-President of WTA Asia-Pacific and Tournament Director of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, said, “Our players are great role models and we are glad that they gave their time today to a cause that has such great synergy with the WTA. Tennis can bring so many benefits and we are glad to be part of such a meaningful endeavor through our work with SportCares.”

To explore opportunities of getting involved with SportCares, interested parties may reach out through the official SportCares Facebook page - www.facebook.com/SportCaresSG.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF DONORS

1. Mr. Glenn Turner, CEO, Fresh Trust Pte. Ltd.

2. Singapore Olympic Foundation - Peter Lim Scholarship

3. Mr. Nic Seah, Private Donor

4. Singapore Pools

5. Private Investor



MEDIA CONTACTS:

SportCares Foundation
Rozann Phua, rozann@asiaprwerkz.com, 9155 5962
Vanessa Li, vanessa@asiaprwerkz.com, 9616 0431

WTA
Darrelle Eng, deng@wtatennis.com, +65 8318 8010


ABOUT SPORTCARES FOUNDATION
SportCares Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Sport Singapore (SportSG) and was officially established in October 2012 as a key recommendation of SportSG’s Vision 2030: Live Better Through Sport master plan. SportCares is at the heart of a growing national movement to use sport for social good. With support from partners in the community and corporate sectors, SportCares has organised programmes and projects that have touched the lives of more than 8,000 underprivileged children and youth. While each programme has its unique characteristics, SportCares’ mission has never varied: to empower people in need, by providing opportunities for social inclusion and community bridging through sport.

ABOUT THE WTA
The WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing 92 nations competing for a record $137 million in prize money. The 2016 WTA competitive season includes 56 events and four Grand Slams in 34 countries. In 2015, The WTA was watched by 395 million fans on television and digital channels around the world. The 2016 WTA competitive season concludes with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global from October 23-30, 2016 and the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China from November 1-6, 2016.
Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com, facebook.com/WTA and twitter.com/WTA.

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