MARIA SHARAPOVA & THE GIVING EFFECT...
WHAT YOU KNOW
Grand Slam Tennis Champion & One of the most wealthy athletes in the World...
WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ambassador
Maria Sharapova Foundation
Tennis Icon Maria Sharapova is one of the successful athletes in the world; worth millions of dollars. Among 1,000 other entrants, I was the lucky grand prize winner who won lots of HEAD tennis gear and the opportunity to hit with Maria Sharapova in Greenville, SC for two hours while the Tennis World watched through the lens of Tennis Channel!
In the 6 months between finding out I'd won and Maria & Tennis Channel's arrival I decided to raise money to both thank and surprise her with something she cared about; her foundation and her UNDP cause.
That door to door 6 month campaign led to a $6,000 donation for her foundation & the United Nations, which, to my surprise, was, on the day of presentation, MATCHED by HEAD racquet sports, which brought the total donation to $12,000!
THE DONATION THAT LAUNCHED POWER IS GIVING
Our surprise $12,000 donation helped Maria & the UNDP to help many people in Belarus, Africa and with other campaigns.
Maria didn't expect or need the donation; she's a multi-millionaire! She was simply coming to fulfill an obigation with her racquet sponsor, HEAD & the Tennis Channel to meet a fan who wrote a grand prize winning essay that she selected but she was genuinely overwhelmed just the same. Maria said that it was one of the best gifts she'd ever received and I could tell that was sincere...
Power is Giving!
GIVING EFFECTS EVERYONE THE SAME WAY
Improve and enrich the lives of others through the inherent power of giving.
Be it one person or a million, both our collective & individual power is always available to effect change in our local and global communities.
Join us on a mission to inspire and influence peers, friends, families, neighbors, elected officials, community and World leaders, celebrities and star athletes to become an even more driven and intentional force of action and power in everyday life through giving!