Nice tribute to his commitment since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. Andy Murray was named this Thursday as the winner of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award 2022 in recognition of his support to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. The former world number 1 had announced in March that he would donate his entire prize money for 2022 for Ukrainian children victims of war. The Briton carried out this humanitarian operation in cooperation with Unicef to provide emergency medical supplies, early childhood development kits and to support the rehabilitation of damaged schools, as well as the replacement of equipment and furniture. A total of $630,000 was donated. Murray is the fourth player to have received this award multiple times (also in 2014), joining Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.
On the ATP website, Murray reflected on the initiative. “I’m fortunate enough to be able to try and make a difference, so hopefully the money raised by UNICEF can help some of the children who have been affected. I think in situations like this, it’s important to be empathetic and do what you can to help others. When I was younger, in my early 20s, I didn’t think about anything but my tennis. When you start to get older and mature a little bit, you realize that there are more important things than sports,” he said. “I join Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi as two-time winners of this award. Agassi is a person I grew up admiring a lot. I know he did great things off the court with his school. Roger’s foundation has also organized fundraising matches for parts of Africa and I know that Aisam has been involved in peace talks in his part of the world.”
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