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Agassi, Roddick and Sampras Lend a Helping Hand

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: Andre Agassi reac...

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Guest post by Celia Tagdhiri

The foundation for Cancer Treatment Centers of America Championships, held recently in Las Vegas, brought former tennis champions, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras together to bring attention to a worthy cause. It is refreshing to see former professional athletes playing for a worthy cause such as cancer treatment. We often see celebrities and famous athletes advertising anything from cosmetics to athletic gear such as Babolat tennis bags or the new Head YouTek racquet. 

I often wonder why more celebrities or high-profile people are not more involved in charities and community outreach activities. I take my hat off to tennis champion Andy Roddick and his wife, Brooklyn Decker for creating the Andy Roddick Foundation. The charity gala is dedicated to serving children by enhancing their educational and economic opportunities. This year they raised $1 million. Maybe some of the cash Roddick earns from promoting Babolat tennis bags and Propulse 3 shoes are helping children in need. 

Andre Agassi’s passion for helping children is evident with the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. According to the foundation’s website, “The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education is an educational organization dedicated to transforming U.S. public education for underserved youth. The Foundation drives reform by engaging in practice, policy and partnerships that provide quality education and enrichment opportunities. Our experience operating a public, K-12 charter school has taught us that to be successful; the two must go hand-in-hand. We also know that when children are placed in an environment where expectations are high and excellence is the standard, they embrace it.”

As the global economy takes a dive, I hope to witness more citizens from affluent backgrounds rising to the occasion and making positive contributions. 

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