Roger Federer has been proving time and again that he has a heart of gold by helping out a million children with education and food.
There are a lot of reasons why we admire and find some of the celebrities as role models. A lot of people look up to them and when celebrities and role models get involved in any kind of humanitarian acts it can be an inspiring action for many other people. Swiss tennis star Roger Federer is one such legend.
People mainly know Federer as one of the greatest tennis players ever who has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, but there is also a lesser-known side of him.
As reported by Truth Theory, the tennis player has been doing numerous philanthropic activities since forming his foundation in 2004. For many years, his foundation has been working very hard to improve the lives of children. The primary goal of the foundation is to improve education for children, especially in places where they have extremely limited access.
For the last 15 years, the tennis star has opened schools all over the world. In Malawi, in Southen Africa, Federer has built almost over 50 preschools for children.
During one of his recent visits to the schools in Malawi, Federer said, “I’m so happy and emotional that I can see a preschool of this quality here–it’s quite extraordinary. The community is so committed to helping the kids, it’s so important (as) the foundation for learning.”
Back in 2015, the Roger Federer Foundation said that they aim at teaching and feeding one million kids by 2018. Needless to say, it is an incredible goal, but the foundation did an incredible job and they were able to make it happen by the time that they promised.
Janine Händel, CEO of The Roger Federer Foundation said that there was a lot of hard work that went into seeing their task through.
Janine said, "It took a lot of work and determination to achieve this amazing thing. There was no other possibility than achieving this goal because Roger always achieves his goals. There are one million children who benefit from the major quality of education in the school, pre-school, kindergarten."
She continued, "One million children have now a better chance to make their way in life, to get a job, to exit from poverty…Roger believes in the empowerment of the people and their potential. That’s a fundamental value in our every-day work. We strongly believe early education is one of the most powerful weapons to empower children exiting from poverty. It’s actually proven that education makes people better citizen, be more prepared when it comes to dealing with issues, and they have more instruments to manage their life."
To date, Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and that in itself is a record and has held the world’s top spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 310 weeks. Federer is also the only person known to have won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award four times.