Habitual Humanitarian and World’s Best Tennis Player All in One
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In 2017, there is a large debate whether or not professional athletes should weigh in on both political and social news. There is no debate however, that athletes should be able to leverage their status as a public figure to positively impact people’s lives. Andy Murray, a professional British and current number one seeded tennis player in the world, is doing just that.
This week’s Aegon Championships, taking place in London, features a hefty first place prize of $487,058.00 (£437,000). Tournament officials have released news that if the expected winner, Andy Murray, does indeed win, he is going to donate all of his winnings to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The money would go toward the families of the fire took place on June 14, in west London killing around 79 people.
The best part about Andy Murray’s proposed donation is that this is not his first humanitarian act. After his friend, Ross Hutchins, was treated at the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital in 2013, he gave his $81,362.00 (£73,000) winner’s check to the hospital’s charity in honor of his friend. In 2014 Murray was involved in the “Rally for Bally” at the Queen’s Club, in England, which raised more than $55,727.00 (£50,000) in memory of the former British No 1, Elena Baltacha, who died of liver cancer. He even donated $55.72 (£50) for every ace he hit between September and the end of the 2015 season.
Andy Murray is fully aware of his celebrity status and the way that people look up to professional athletes. It speaks to his character and humility that seemingly every year he sets in motion one charitable event in order to help positively impact the lives of others. In a time of rising technological use, secularism, and skepticism about all potential harms, it is refreshing to see a public figure open up both financially and verbally about what matters to him.
The recent news about Murray’s potential donation is a slight hint to all athletes to take a moment and reach out to
someone less fortunate than you. No matter what your current situation is, people need to realize that even though it might seem impossible – it can always be worse. As an athlete, you are blessed to play the sport you love at any level, whether it be with your friends or in the Super Bowl.
To have the ability to do what we do, and experience what we have would not have been possible without someone reaching out their hand to help you. When you have gifts of any kind that you realize allow for you to have a competitive edge over others, one way to show humility for those gifts is to try and teach others so that they may learn a new skill to become successful. As you go along with your week, try to recognize the different opportunities you have been given. Look at yourself and think about what you have to offer someone who might not be able to return the favor.
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