As if you needed another reason to love Bianca Andreescu. The tennis goddess who has become a Toronto icon is giving back to Toronto's youth in the most heartwarming way. The Canadian tennis champion announced her official status as a Right To Play ambassador at an event held at Runnymede Collegiate Institute and it was all kinds of adorable.
“I am honoured and excited to join Right To Play as an Ambassador,” gushed Andreescu in a statement on the organization's website.
“Sport and play have been so important in shaping my life by creating opportunities to learn, to grow, and to succeed. I am excited to join Right To Play to help children in Canada and around the world discover opportunities through the power of play.”
Right To Play is an international non-profit organization whose headquarters are in Toronto that helps vulnerable children overcome the effects of war, poverty, and disease around the world through play.
It was founded in 2000 and, since then, has come to empower countless children to learn about themselves through various fun-filled activities.
Bianca, who became a Canadian icon this year after defeating Serena Williams at the U.S. Open, seemed right at home playing with the school’s children in a video that was posted along with the announcement.
In the clip, a pair of junior leaders can be seen leading Andreescu through various games and activities designed by Right To Play and used across Canada alongside 14 other countries.
“Bianca is a trailblazer, and we are proud to have her as part of our team,” explained Kevin Frey, CEO of Right to Play.
Super excited to be apart of this. I want to use my platform to give back as much as I can. It gives me a purpose.… https://t.co/U2pJe9R18U— Bianca (@Bianca)1576038698.0
“Her story of determination and record-breaking success is inspiring to everyone. Bianca is a role model for young people around the world, especially girls. Her passion and drive will be powerful motivators for the children in our programs as they discover their own potential to better their lives, their families, and their communities.”
Photos of Andreescu’s old training centre in Romania also popped online this week, highlighting the tennis star’s long journey to the top.
The 19-year-old also recently got candid about her newfound fame stating that she is “not a fan” of the media attention that comes along with being one of the world’s top tennis players.