CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Despite having to miss out on her home tournament due to injury, Charleston native Shelby Rogers has spent the week giving back to the community and was honored at a gala by the Volvo Car Open.
Rogers was the recipient of the tournament’s inaugural ‘Player Who Makes a Difference’ award for being a great ambassador for the tournament and ‘making a difference’ by her charitable work.
“I love coming back to my hometown, Charleston is such a special place,” said Rogers, who started out as a tournament ball girl before playing her first match here at 14. “It’s still the same city that I love, that I grew up in. I have so many great memories here.”
The gala also served as a way for Rogers to raise awareness for the South Carolina Junior Tennis Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Jeff Wilson of MW Tennis Academy that empowers youth to achieve their college dreams through tennis. WTA Charities was also presented with a $5,000 donation from the tournament.
“I’m passionate about this cause for multiple reasons. I grew up in Charleston playing Junior tennis, I know how tough it is to get to the pro game. It’s very expensive and it takes a lot of traveling, it’s hard work. So I want to support these kids that are following their dreams.”
Check out some of the best photos of Rogers' big night in Charleston, courtesy of the Volvo Car Open!
WTA Charities is the WTA's global philanthropic organization dedicated to making a positive impact across the globe. Our mission is to be a social responsibility vehicle built on the WTA's values to empower and provide for a better future. We're dedicated to combining, strengthening and enhancing the community and charitable efforts of the WTA through its members (players, alumnae and tournaments), along with our partners.