Chanda Goes To The Gulf
Published July 16, 2010 12:00
NEW ORLEANS, LA, USA - As the devastating impacts of the BP Oil Disaster continue to unfold, a group of athletes from different sports ranging from the NFL to NHL to Olympic medalists joined together to tour the damage, voice their support for Gulf Coast communities and share with their fans what they have seen. They highlighted the connection between sports, health and a clean environment, and discussed why we need to fully clean up the coast and move towards clean energy to ensure that a disaster like this never happens again.
Athletes took a boat tour of the affected region, where they left from Myrtle Grove Marina and went to Barataria Bay, Cat Island and Bay Jimmy. The athletes held a press conference where they shared their experiences.
Among those in attendance was former Top 10 player Chanda Rubin.
"When I first decided to come and tour the Gulf I didn't know what to expect. Seeing the effects first hand was indescribable," Rubin said to the media at the press conference. "Really seeing the wildlife made it hit home. The oil-covered marshes were the most saddening part - seeing the oil stuck to the grass and the leaves leaning under the weight of the oil - you don't get that from pictures."
Rubin won seven singles titles and 10 doubles titles on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, making it as high as No.6 in the world. She reached three French Open quarterfinals and an Australian Open semifinal as well, in 1996. The American, now 34, has been off the circuit since 2006 due to injuries.
Other athletes in attendance were Mike Richter and Andrew Ference (NHL), Mike Alstott and Ovie Mughelli (NFL), Leilani Munter (ARCA/NASCAR), Krista Bradford (X Games snowboarder), Stacey Cook (US Alpine Ski Team), Loree Smith and Gary Morgan (Track & Field).