WORLD-RENOWNED TENNIS PLAYERS JOIN FORCES TO OVERTURN POVERTY IN HAITI
With the collaboration of professional tennis players, the organization will raise funds to empower families living in poverty in the communities where TECHO works in Haiti.
NYC, October 13th – Tennis fans will have the opportunity to play against Boris Becker, Feliciano López, Santiago Giraldo and other world-renowned tennis players who are donating one-hour matches to the unique Breakpoint online auction. This social initiative open to the public is organized by TECHO, a non-profit organization that mobilizes youth globally, empowers families and together transforms slums into organized communities in 19 Latin American countries.
Breakpoint is an initiative that invites the world’s top tennis players to join the fight against poverty. This year’s powerful online-only auction will feature memorabilia and one-hour tennis matches with professional tennis players from across the globe. The auction will close in October 22nd.
Nearly 6 million people live in poverty in Haiti. Through the collaborative work of the tennis community and the different entities of society, TECHO seeks to overturn this reality in one of the most poor country in the world. “Challenge is at the core of tennis and TECHO. In tennis, the challenge is to beat your record and improve your abilities. On the other hand, TECHO’s challenge is to get society as a whole to prioritize poverty and work towards overcoming it. This is how Breakpoint was born, to promote unity in achieving the greater goal…a just society for all,” says Diego Firpo TECHO-US CEO.
The initiative features one-hour tennis matches against Grand Slam winners including Boris Becker, Feliciano López, Ivan Ljubicic, Roberto Bautista Agut, Santiago Giraldo, among others. For an advanced preview, please go to our online auction (click here). It also includes autographed items such as Andy Murray’s racquet, Rafael Nadal’s shirt, Gael Monfils’ shirt, Maria Sharapova’s racquet, and many more.
All the funds raised in the auction will finance TECHO’s community development programs in the organized slums where the organization works in Haiti, including education and community infrastructure programs. The auction funds will be used from November to December of 2014.
Previous editions of Breakpoint have had the support of great tennis players including Rafael Nadal (Spain, currently ranked N°2 in the world), Maria Sharapova (Russia, currently ranked N N°2 in the world), Andy Murray (Scotland, currently ranked as N°11 in the world), Jim Courier (USA, formerly ranked N°1 in the world), John McEnroe (USA, formerly ranked N°1 in the world), Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain, formerly ranked N°1 in the world), David Nalbandian (Argentina, formerly ranked N°3 in the world), Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina), Tomás Robredo (Spain), Juan Mónaco (Argentina), Fabio Fognini (Italy), Argentinean duet Paola Suarez and Gisela Dulko, Fernando Gonzalez (Chile), Willy Cañas, Santiago Giraldo (Colombia), Alejandro Falla (Colombia).