I like to highlight the nice stuff that our fave tennis players do for others. Even though they are privileged and gosh knows, have plenty in their bank accounts, I think that philanthropic behavior is learned from example and young, gorgeous and successful people like Maria can inspire other young ‘uns to give back. So here’s what our glamazon do-gooder has been up to while nursing her shoulder injury, besides shopping, physical therapy, and being a global brand:
GENEVA, Sept 18 (KUNA) — Tennis star Maria Sharapova announced on Thursday that she is launching a USD 210,000 scholarship program for students from Chernobyl-affected areas of Belarus.
The program is a joint initiative of the Maria Sharapova Foundation and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where she serves as Goodwill Ambassador. The scholarships will enable 12 talented young people from Chernobyl-affected regions to follow a full course of studies at two leading universities in Belarus.
Sharapova’s foundation has already contributed USD 100,000 to youth-oriented projects in the regions of Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.
The Tennis star Sharapova was expected to travel to Belarus to launch the scholarship program in person this month, but was forced to postpone her visit in order to receive medical treatment for a shoulder injury that prevented her from participating in the Beijing Olympics and the US Open. Her visit is now planned for 2009.
“It has always been my dream to contribute to the recovery of a region where I have a personal connection,” said Sharapova, who has family roots in Gomel, Belarus. “Enabling talented young people to pursue higher education is part of a broader effort to build a brighter future for the region.”