INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - USANA Health Sciences and the WTA tour have kicked off the fourth annual Aces for Humanity campaign in support of the USANA True Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide immediate and long-term assistance to suffering populations worldwide. USANA is a global nutritional company and has been a longstanding partner of the WTA since 2006.
Beginning with the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California this week, every ace served at a Premier-level WTA event will translate into a donation for the Foundation. For every ace served by the four USANA Brand Ambassadors (Caroline Wozniacki, Eugenie Bouchard, Monica Puig and Zheng Saisai), the WTA will contribute $20 toward the campaign, while every ace served by any other WTA player will translate into a $5 donation.
Collectively, 493 aces were recorded by USANA Brand Ambassadors during the 2016 campaign, and through this program and other charitable efforts, the WTA has contributed over $140,000 to the USANA True Health Foundation since 2011.
"We are thankful to be partnering with the WTA and our Brand Ambassadors for another year of Aces for Humanity," said Brian Paul, the Foundation's Executive Director of Communications.
"One hundred percent of every dollar donated to the Foundation goes directly toward charitable purposes, and the money raised through this campaign has allowed us to aid thousands of lives each year. We look forward to continuing our efforts alongside the WTA and doing our part to make the world a happier and healthier place."
In 2016, money raised through several fundraising projects, including Aces for Humanity, allowed the Foundation to do the following:
? Provide over 6.2 million meals through its partnership with the Children's Hunger Fund.
? Supply over $180,000 to support health education programs, food and home construction.
? Give $738,722 in Usanimals children's multivitamins to orphanages, clinics and mercy networks throughout the world.
? Donate $180,234 in additional relief to New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, France, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Mexico.
"I'm proud to be a USANA Brand Ambassador not only because I believe in the products but because USANA is committed to making a difference in the lives of those suffering and in need," said Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Puig. "USANA is all about health and wellness, and through the USANA True Health Foundation, it's for all people. I'm honored to help raise awareness for this worthwhile cause."
This year the program will also involve regular social giveaways, including autographed tennis balls and USANA products. For official rules, head to wtatennis.com.
"The WTA is proud to continue its support of the remarkable efforts of the USANA True Health Foundation," said Steve Simon, WTA CEO and Chairman. "Through our longstanding partnership with USANA and the Aces for Humanity campaign, we are able to provide meaningful assistance to those in need, which is something we greatly value."
#AcesForHumanity Fan Giveaway
It's simple: before each WTA Premier tournament guess how many total aces will be hit.
First up is the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Last year there was a total of 489 aces hit. It's now your turn, take your best guess of how many will be hit this year.
How To Enter:
? Follow @WTA and @USANAFoundation on Twitter and before each WTA Premier tournament tweet the number of aces you predict will be hit during the whole tournament (Singles, Main Draw)
? Include the hashtag #AcesForHumanity
? Indian Wells deadline is Thursday, March 9 at 11:59pm ET.
? The winner will be announced Monday, March 20.
Aces For Humanity is a joint WTA and USANA initiative that benefits the USANA True Health Foundation, which provides critical human necessities to those in suffering or in need around the globe.