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Join Us At The 2022 Coachella Valley Heart & Stroke Walk

The Champions Volunteer Foundation will be participating in this year’s 2022 Coachella Valley Heart & Stroke Walk on November 19 in support of the American Heart Association.

Please consider donating to the AHA and participating in the walk with the volunteer foundation on Saturday, November 19.

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The Champions Volunteer Foundation Grant Application Now Open

Calling all Coachella Valley non-profit organizations, The Champions Volunteer Foundation 2022 grant application is now open! 

Any eligible organization is invited to apply for a charitable grant at the following link, as the foundation plans to support up to 50 nonprofits dedicated to youth, recreational, educational and well-care programs in the local desert valley community. Grants will be only be awarded to organizations who pledge to commit to using all of the proceeds in the Coachella Valley.

Started in 2001 as a certified non-profit associated with the BNP Paribas Open, The Champions Volunteer Foundation operates under the mission of using sports as a vehicle to bring people together and promote a powerful philanthropic spirit. The foundation annually allocates funds from the BNP Paribas Open, the most attended tennis event in the world outside the four Grand Slams, and commits to giving back to local nonprofit organizations aiming to empower charitable causes in the Coachella Valley.

The Champions Volunteer Foundation focuses on non-profits who support the most vulnerable among us – including the youth, elderly and low-income residents of our community. During its most recently completed application period in 2019, grant recipients included organizations such as The Desert Cancer Foundation, ABC Recovery Center, The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and many others.

Due to its affiliation with the BNP Paribas Open, the organization also provides an array of exciting volunteer opportunities to get involved with some of the Desert Valley’s most notable sports and entertainment events of the year. The Champions Volunteer Foundation recruits more than 1,200 volunteers to support the BNP Paribas Open each March, as well as other major local events throughout the year such as the USA Pickleball National Championships, Indian Wells Arts Festival, FILA Easter Bowl and more.

Grant applications are officially open through November 15. Full application instructions and eligibility details can be found here.

About The Champions Volunteer Foundation

The Champions Volunteer Foundation is a one-of-a-kind organization, comprised of a unique group of people who have come together to donate their time to raise funds for charitable causes in the desert community. A certified non-profit associated with the BNP Paribas Open, the largest sporting event in the Coachella Valley, the organization embodies how sports has the unique ability to bring people together and be a powerful philanthropic force for good.

The organization’s specific and primary purpose is to raise funds for the local community through other non-profits that support but are not limited to youth, recreational, educational and well-care programs. Since its founding in 2002, The Champions Volunteer Foundation has donated a total of more than $2 million to nearly 50 different local non-profits per year through a grant application process.

Since the organization’s inception, The Champions Volunteer Foundation has steadily increased the number of grants awarded to keep up with the growing demand from the local community for financial assistance. The Foundation focuses on non-profits throughout the Coachella Valley who support the most vulnerable among us – including youth, elderly and marginalized. As the organization has grown and its local impact become more recognizable, The Foundation has expanded upon its mission to give back to those who need it most and support organizations that might otherwise be turned away.

During its most recent completed grant application period in 2019, funds raised by The Champions Volunteer Foundation contributed to numerous non-profits throughout the Coachella Valley that directly impact members of the local community. Organizations such as The Desert Cancer Foundation, ABC Recovery Center, The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Armed Services YMCA, and numerous others benefitted from The Champions Volunteer Foundation grants, which totaled an incredible nearly $250,000 in giving.

Due to its affiliation with the BNP Paribas Open, the organization also provides unique volunteer opportunities for a variety of local sporting events. Each March, The Champions Volunteer Foundation recruits more than 1,200 volunteers to support the BNP Paribas Open – one of the largest tennis events in the world. The organization also offers the ability to volunteer at the USA Pickleball National Championships, Indian Wells Arts Festival, Adidas Easter Bowl and more.

Champions Volunteer Foundation Gives Nearly $250,000

The Champions Volunteer Foundation – a one-of-a-kind organization comprised of people who have come together to donate their time to raise funds for charitable causes in the desert community – gave nearly $250,000 throughout the 2019 grant application period.

As the primary beneficiary of the BNP Paribas Open – the Foundation raised over $60,000 at the 2019 tournament through its annual silent auction, which included memorable experiences such as an opening match coin toss in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The Foundation represents a diverse group of people who embody how sports has the unique ability to bring people together and be a powerful philanthropic force for good. In addition to raising money for charitable organizations in the Coachella Valley, the Foundation also provides more than 1,200+ volunteers who allow the BNP Paribas Open to operate soundly day in and day out.

Through a grant application process, the Foundation redistributes funds to the local community through other non-profit organizations that support youth, recreational, educational and well-care programs. In 2019, the Foundation raised funds for local community partners such as the Boys and Girls Club of the Coachella Valley, Desert Cancer Foundation, Family YMCA of the Desert and many others. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has donated nearly $2 million to over 50 local charities.

Over recent years, the Foundation has steadily increased the number of grants awarded to keep up with the growing demand from the local community for financial assistance. As the organization has grown and its local impact become more recognizable, The Foundation has expanded upon its mission to give back to those who need it most and support organizations that might otherwise be turned away.

Due to its affiliation with the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the organization also provides unique volunteer opportunities for a variety of other local sporting events held at the world-class sports and entertainment facility, including the Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, Indian Wells Art Festival, Adidas Easter Bowl and more.

Champions Volunteer Foundation Raises Nearly $45,000 at 2018 BNP Paribas Open

The Champions Volunteer Foundation – the primary beneficiary of the BNP Paribas Open – raised nearly $45,000 at the 2018 tournament through its annual silent auction, which included memorable experiences such as an opening match coin toss in Stadium 1 at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The Foundation represents a diverse group of people who are committed to donating their time to raise funds for charitable purposes. In addition to raising money for charitable organizations in the Coachella Valley, the Foundation also provides more than 1,200+ volunteers who allow the BNP Paribas Open to operate flawlessly day in and day out.

Through a grant application process, the Champions Volunteer Foundation redistributes funds to the local community through other non-profit organizations that support youth, recreational, educational and well-care programs. The foundation has raised funds for local community partners such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Desert, the Family YMCA of the Desert, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Coachella Valley. Since its inception in 2002, the Champions Volunteer Foundation has donated more than $1.65 million to over 45 local non-profits.

“We are so excited to be involved in the Coachella Valley community year-after-year and believe it is an important part of our mission,” said Chairman Steve Birdwell. “We are proud that the efforts of our Foundation make a meaningful impact on our partners and their ability to continue thriving in their philanthropic activities.”

Throughout the tournament each year, the Foundation benefits from various initiatives, including a designated evening session in which a percentage of ticket revenue is donated directly to the foundation. In 2018, the Foundation was one of nine selected charitable groups to receive a grant from the ATP ACES for Charity program. The program, which launched in 2011, is responsible for giving back to communities in which ATP World Tour events are played, as well as recognizing and supporting tournament, player and alumni charitable initiatives.

BNP Paribas Open Tapped as Recipient of 2018 ATP ACES for Charity Grant

The BNP Paribas Open was recently named as one of nine recipients of the 2018 ATP ACES For Charity Grants for its charitable work through the Champions Volunteer Foundation. The ATP ACES for Charity grant will allow the Foundation to increase the number of grants they can award to keep up with the growing demand from the local area for financial assistance.

The ATP ACES For Charity program is a global initiative aimed at giving back to communities where ATP World Tour events are played, and supporting tournament and player charitable activities. Each year, the program awards nine grants to outstanding foundations and player initiatives. This year’s recipients are focused on making a difference in the lives of those in need through work in sport, disability and education.

The Champions Volunteer Foundation is the primary beneficiary of the BNP Paribas Open, consisting of dedicated individuals who are committed to donating their time to raise funds for charitable purposes. Through a grant application process, the Champions Volunteer Foundation redistributes funds to the local community through other non-profit organizations, particularly those who support the most vulnerable and marginalized members of the community. The Foundation has raised funds for local community partners such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Desert, the Family YMCA of the Desert, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Coachella Valley.  Since its inception in 2002, the Champions Volunteer Foundation has donated more than $1.65 million to over 45 local non-profits.

Other recipients of the 2018 ATP ACES For Charity grant include:

  • The NK Foundation: The Nick Kyrgios Foundation focuses on providing underprivileged youth access to sport – the grant will help build a sports center/dormitory shelter in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fundación Emilio Sánchez Vicario: Feliciano Lopez and Emiliano Sanchez’ foundation is focused on personal and social development of individuals through sports and education. The grant will be used to help individuals suffering from physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities through activities at four tennis schools.
  • Hans Podlipnik-Castillo: Futuros para el tenis is a foundation which aims to help youth in Chile obtain university scholarships around the world. The grant will be used to pay for a year-long tennis program which will provide children with coaching, equipment, tournament and educational costs.
  • Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi: Stop War Start Tennis promotes peace through tennis by enabling those who have experienced war to live an active lifestyle. The grant will be used to help those with disabilities and special needs by providing prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and hearing aids.
  • Horia Tecau: Fundația Curtea Veche aims its efforts at improving children’s education through promotion of reading. The grant will be used towards the foundation’s ‘Life in the Rhythm of Tennis’ campaign, which is a book donation initiative that will give 5,000 children the opportunity to learn new skills through sport.
  • Gazprom Hungarian Open: The Hand in Hand Foundation helps individuals with disabilities and their families live life with dignity. The Foundation used the ACES grant to launch a kick-off event ahead of the 2018 tournament, which included a wheelchair tennis clinic and mini-tennis clinic involving ATP Tour players and top tennis wheelchair players.
  • Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Dubai Autism Center raises awareness for autism and provides special care for those affected by the condition and their families. The grant was used during the 2018 tournament to host a “Special Needs Kids Day” in which kids were able to meet their favorite players, watch matches and enjoy meals.
  • Millennium Estoril Open: Academia Dos Champs focuses on teaching tennis as a tool to provide underprivileged children and young adults with positive guidelines. The grant will provide over 1,100 tennis lessons to youth at Cascais municipality, the home of the Millennium Estoril Open.

Since 2011, the ATP ACES For Charity Grant program has awarded 85 grants totaling more than $1 Million in donations.