IN 2006 Roger Federer joined forces with UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador stating “I may have achieved a lot on the court, but I would also like to try to achieve more now off the court,” he said. “That’s one of my big goals in the future, and it’s really a privilege for me to continue this great tradition of UNICEF.”
In 2003, he established the Roger Federer Foundation to fund projects benefiting disadvantaged children with a focus on his mother’s native country, South Africa.
“I believe all children deserve the chance to make something of their lives,” he said. “This is the mission behind my foundation, which provides schooling and meals for poor children and promotes sports for children and youth worldwide.”
“I believe that sport can help overcome injustice and build bridges between cultures and nations,” he explained at his Goodwill Ambassador appointment ceremony today. “As tennis players we have a unique opportunity. It is our responsibility to connect with the real world beyond our sport [and] use our fortune to make a difference in the lives of those who most need it.”