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2010 WTA Awards: Humanitarian Of The Year

Read about the eight nominees for the Humanitarian Of The Year.

Published October 14, 2010 12:00

2010 WTA Awards: Humanitarian Of The Year
Liezel Huber

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA - What have the eight nominees for Humanitarian Of The Year been up to off the courts? Find out right here.

Liezel Huber
Continues to direct her foundation, Liezel's Cause, which has adopted several families hit by Hurricane Katrina, helping them get back on their feet. In 2010, Huber led a charge for Locks for Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long term hair loss due to medical diagnosis. Encouraged several players to participate (including Oudin).

Ana Ivanovic
Serves and donates her time to Unicef as National Ambassador for Serbia for the "School Without Violence" program, which aims to reduce violence and raise awareness for safety of children in schools. In 2010, welcomed approximately 20 new schools into the program which focuses on reducing physical and verbal violence in schools.

Jelena Jankovic
Serves as an ambassador to Unicef in Serbia, dedicating her time to assist with education of teenagers and working to create positive changes advocating rights for adolescents in Serbia.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Pledged a portion of her prize money through the spring/summer to assist victims of the Nashville flood, which hit in May 2010 and displaced thousands of residents and destroyed businesses. Mattek-Sands is also planning a visit to Nashville to donate hands on assistance to a flood related project.

Li Na
Donated prize money from the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, helping with earthquake relief efforts in Yushu, in northwest China. Li visited an orphanage in Yushu in July 2010, visiting orphans that have been displaced due to the earthquake.

Maria Sharapova
Serves as a UN Goodwill Ambassador and visited the Chernobyl region in June 2010, visiting children affected by the disaster and pledging $250,000 to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). In partnership with UNDP, the Sharapova Foundation has supported seven youth oriented projects in areas affected by Chernobyl and also funds a five year scholarship program for students coming from the contaminated region.

Serena Williams
In March 2010, visited Africa to open her second school in poverty stricken Kenya. Serena serves as ambassador to Hewlett Packard and provides children with educational opportunities via the Build African Schools initiative. This school was built in addition to the first school Serena opened in 2008, both in eastern Kenya.

Vera Zvonareva
Working with the International Rett Syndrome Foundation to find ways to increase awareness and raise funds for research (a disorder of the nervous system that leads to developmental reversals). After the US Open, Zvonareva donated a portion of her US Open prize money and went to Russia to assist in creating the Organizing Committee for Russian Rett Syndrome Foundation, where she serves on the Board of Directors. Rett Syndrome affects one out of every 1500 girls and there is currently no cure for it. Vera is also a global "Promoter of Gender Equality" for UNESCO (named in 2009). Prior to that she participated in the UNESCO Regional Conference, "Political Involvement of Women in the Caucasus."

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