“Focusing on helping the children and young people who live in vulnerable situations was the best decision that we could have made”, said Rafael Nadal. “I believe it’s essential that they learn how to give their best, to try hard... and enjoy while doing it. This is how I understand life, both on and off the court”, he adds.Laureus Academy Member and winner of 59 Grand Slam titles Martina Navratilova, said: “Rafa has been an inspiration to us all for his phenomenal efforts on and off the court. At Laureus Sport for Good, we are proud to work in collaboration with the Rafa Nadal Foundation, using sport to improve the lives of vulnerable young people. Thank you, Rafa. You’re a true champion, in every way.”
María Francisca Perelló, director of the Rafa Nadal Foundation, explained that “through sports, we foster positive values, skills and behaviors to meet the challenges of daily life and those related to the different contexts. We feed off the power of sports practice as a tool of empowerment and as a vehicle to learn”.