Genworth Financial today announced it is bringing tennis superstars Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and Andy Roddick to its hometown on December 2, 2005 for a special event that will benefit Richmond -- the Genworth Children's Advantage Classic. Genworth will donate all proceeds from the event to local area charities that support disadvantaged youth.
Agassi is one of only five male players in history to win all four grand slam tennis tournaments. Graf, a Tennis Hall of Fame inductee and winner of 22 grand slam titles, won the grand slam and Olympic gold in 1988. Roddick, with a serve of more than 140 mph, is the world's fourth-ranked player and winner of 17 singles titles. A fourth world-class player to be named in the coming months will be joining this amazing threesome for unparalleled local tennis excellence.
The event, which will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) Siegel Center, is expected to fill all 6,000 seats. Genworth officials say they hope to raise approximately a half-million dollars for charities that support disadvantaged youth and families. Tickets for the event will go on sale July 5 and be available through the VCU box office and all TicketMaster outlets.
Agassi and Graf were featured in the first television ad Genworth ran as a new company in June 2004. The ad, called "Tennis Kid," won multiple awards and has since been followed by another well-received spot featuring Agassi and Graf, currently running on cable outlets across America.
"Andre and Steffi were eager to help us lend a hand to two deserving charities that are doing great work in our community, specifically, the William Byrd Community House and the Lobs & Lessons youth development program," said Michael D. Fraizer, chairman, president and CEO of Genworth. "Everyone knows Andre and Steffi are tremendous athletes -- but as great as their accomplishments have been on the court, their work with children in the U.S. and around the world is just as impressive. Their values and positions as role models are a huge part of why we're so proud to have them associated with our company."
Giving back to the community has long been a hallmark of tennis' first couple. To date, Agassi's own charitable foundation has raised more than $36 million to support underprivileged, abused and at-risk children in his hometown of Las Vegas. Graf's own charity, The Children For Tomorrow Foundation, is focused on helping children and their families who are victims of war, persecution or organized crime.
"Playing in the Genworth Financial Children's Advantage Classic will be a joy for me, because it combines two of my great loves -- tennis and children," said Graf. "We appreciate opportunities like this one to help young people."
"Steffi and I look forward to visiting Richmond and joining with our friends at Genworth to support two worthy charities," said Agassi, who has won more than 75 percent of his matches over a career that spans nearly 20 years. "We always take great pleasure in working with organizations that improve the lives of children. With Andy in town to join us, it should be a great event and we hope the community will come out to strongly support it."
More details about the Genworth Financial Children's Advantage Classic will be released during the summer months.
About Genworth Financial
Genworth's work in the community includes a strong focus on the education of our youth, care for the elderly, and providing daily living assistance for those in need. The Genworth Children's Advantage program is one of the ways the company, through its different partnerships, benefits youth.
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