Having a positive impact beyond the tennis courtConsidered one of world tennis’s top prospects, Canadian player Félix Auger-Aliassime has already beaten numerous records early on in a career at the highest international level. And because of his family history and upbringing, he is now determined to make his career more meaningful.
The wish to have a positive impact on society has led the young player to get involved in a cause that is very important to him: building a better future for young people in Togo, his father’s country of origin, by supporting the EduChange programme set up by the NGO CARE. This is what the #FAAPointsForChange programme, launched in partnership with BNP Paribas, is all about.
Each point won by Félix Auger-Aliassime during an official match will contribute to the EduChange programme, which works to help young people in Togo. The benefits of the programme will support thousands of children from the Kara region, giving them access to education, especially through sport, and protecting them against any form of violence.
How does this work in practice?Launched on 3 January 2020, during the ATP Cup in Australia, the #FAAPointsForChange programme is based on a simple principle: for each point won throughout the season, Félix Auger-Aliassime will donate $5 and BNP Paribas will match it at $15 per point. The money raised will fund CARE’s EduChange programme.
To keep track of this unusual initiative throughout the year, wearetennis.bnpparibas will put up a counter displaying all the points scored by Félix Auger-Aliassime and the amount of money raised for the programme.
#FAAPointsForChange in numbers
“I want to make my career as a professional tennis player more meaningful. Tennis is an incredible sport that has taught me – and continues to teach me – many things, especially hard work, perseverance and humility. I want to transport these values outside the courts and have a positive impact, because although I'm a tennis player, I'm also a citizen of the world. I want to make a contribution to the future of young people, particularly the most disadvantaged, and I'm happy to be able to do so through tennis.”