MIAMI, FL, USA - Madison Keys will take a break from her Miami Open preparations to help empower young women at her very own FearlesslyGirl summit.
Founded by Kate Whitfield, a speaker, author and social entrepreneur, FearlesslyGirl hosts school programs and events for teenage girls in the U.S. and Canada aimed at “inspiring a generation of girls to be kinder to themselves and each other.”
Keys became an ambassador for FearlesslyGirl in 2016, and has since hosted a number of summits focusing on boosting girls' self-esteem and curbing cyber-bullying - including the largest anti-bullying school assembly ever in 2017.
Her next summit will take place on March 20th ahead of the Miami Open, and she’ll help lead a group of about 100 girls, aged 11-18, in group discussions and activities. And in addition to hanging out with Keys, the girls will receive custom Nike shirts as momentos.
“I just want people to know you can be competitive with other girls but still be friends,” Keys told WTA Insider in an interview. “That's literally our whole lives. We go out and we play each other and we both want to win this match, but then we come off the court and we know nothing is personal. She can beat me one week and I can beat her the next week and we're exactly the same.
“Learning how to do that is so necessary because you can be competitive with another girl and still want the best for them… You can be competitive and you can want to beat someone but you can also be positive and help push other girls to be good.”