Garbiñe Muguruza is a former World Number 1 tennis player and a Wimbledon and French Open champion. By 24 years old, she is the only player in the world to have beaten both Serena and Venus Williams in a Grand Slam final. But Garbiñe Muguruza’s charity work is also worth highlighting. The Venezuelan-Spanish tennis player is an ambassador for Room to Read and has been vocal about the importance of girls’ education around the world.
Garbiñe Muguruza’s Charity Work
In just a few years, Muguruza has made a name for herself internationally. She is currently sponsored by big brands such as Adidas, Rolex, Evian and tennis racquet company Babolat, just to name a few. But Muguruza also uses her name, image and popularity to help others. In 2016, she became the ambassador of Room to Read and quickly started campaigning and spreading the word about everything the organization does for boys and girls in third-world countries. She has also encouraged her fans to join in and start helping out.
Room to Read is a non-profit organization that focuses mainly on helping to provide education for children in low-income communities, highlighting the importance of literacy and gender equality. Muguruza felt a connection with Room to Read when she heard about their fight for girls’ education. Her status as a tennis player had given her a new perspective on the world.
“Travelling gives you the opportunity to see other realities, places where children do not have the opportunities I did, where they barely have access to education,” she wrote in her BBVA blog on which she introduced her affiliation with Room to Read. Understanding that she leads a privileged life while others don’t was the first step to realizing that she had the opportunity to help others that were not as lucky as she had been.
Garnering Public Support
The tennis player has been vocal about her relationship with Room to Read. She has been active both on regular and social media during and after her participation in world-renowned tournaments. She has not only gotten support from fans but also from the WTA charity fund, who donated $5,000 towards her Room to Read goals.
The support she has received has been put into good use. Her first project started out with a crowdfunding page to raise money for a new school library in Prey Veng, Cambodia. This is one of Cambodia’s poorest regions, so educational resources can be scarce. In a few months, the fundraising campaign surpassed its initial $35,000 goal, and the library is now a reality. Thanks to Muguruza’s efforts, The Banlech Prasat Primary School now has a new library that contains 750 local language children’s books. Muguruza has pledged that this is only the first of many projects to come.
Garbiñe Muguruza’s charity work isn’t over. Her campaign currently sits at $50,000 with a new goal set for an upcoming project that will require $85,000 to bring dreams into action and provide children with more room to read.
– Luciana Schreier
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