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The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, winner of twenty Grand Slam tournaments, assured this Wednesday that the objectives they had set with his Foundation, whose activity began eleven years ago, have been achieved, and underlined the ‘importance of “Creating illusions and opportunities through sport and education” for children and young people.
Nadal revealed that the reason for establishing the Foundation eleven years ago was “Try to help and give back to society all the luck we have and how he treated us in life. “
âI have always tried to participate in fundraising events and collaborations of different organizations, and at home I had the example with my mother, I have always seen her help by contributing of her possibilities. We wanted to allocate our efforts to projects that motivated us and that we believed could have added value, âhe said.
âWe create illusions and opportunities and sport and education opens it up. Long-term projects have a stronger impact on society and I believe that the objectives of these years have been achieved, âhe declared.
Nadal, who during his speech cited as an example the project carried out in Annantapour (India) with the Vicente Ferrer Foundation or the Day Center managed in Mallorca, recalled that thanks to this commitment to society, more than seven thousand people have benefited.
The Mallorcan tennis player assured that the Foundation “The most important thing not to take a step back because there is a great responsibility, which is to always offer the best quality of service. “Our goal is to reach more and more people, in our case young people and children, but each new center must be maintained over time with the quality it requires,” he said.
The Rafa Nadal Foundation is involved in four projects around the world, with sport and education as central axes of its development.
One of the projects of the Rafa Nadal Foundation is called ‘NETS’ (Nadal Education Tennis School), in which serve 250 minors per year in South India thanks to tennis and English language and computer education activities in which more than 1,900 people participated.
Another project is âMore Than Tennisâ aimed at athletes with intellectual disabilities who train and play tennis in twenty schools across Spain, with 1,778 beneficiaries.
“Play and Study” is a scholarship project promote the athletic and educational talent of young people who wish to study at universities in the United States and which has benefited 53 boys and 62 girls.
Also the Rafa Nadal Foundation centers of attention to minors and families in vulnerable situations through sports, educational and psychosocial fields. For the moment, there are two in Mallorca and Valencia, with 1,668 beneficiaries, but a new one should open in the short term in Madrid, in the district of Usera, according to the director of the Foundation, Xisca Perello.
âThis anniversary, without counting the pandemic, we are celebrating ten years at a difficult time because 31% of minors in Spain are threatened with exclusion and families find it increasingly difficult to provide additional training. We want to provide a safe environment, each of the children has potential, and we want to help them achieve what they have decided to do, âsaid Xisca.
“Our commitment is long term and we will work with the same enthusiasm and the same will with which we have done it for years”, commented the director of the Foundation, who revealed the recent signature with UNESCO an alliance to work on common goals.