08:50 PM GMT June 16, 2020
Felix Auger-Aliassime is the youngest player in the Top 50 of the FedEx ATP Rankings. Although the #NextGenATP star is only 19, he is already serving as a role model for future generations.
The teen announced in February that he would donate $5 for every point he wins this season to EduChange, partnering with CARE to support the protection and education of children in Togo, from where his father hails. Auger-Aliassime revealed Tuesday in a video supporting International Day of the African Child that he is also counting the points he earned in 2019 towards the initiative.
“The points from last year are counting for this year’s support. I’m just above 3,000 points today,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I can’t wait for tournaments to resume in order to increase the total points so that my family and I can support the project even more.”
The World No. 20 believes that doing his part to support children today can make a massive difference in the future.
“Sport and school help to create values, help in education and contributes to create tomorrow’s leaders,” Auger-Aliassime said. “These are examples for future generations. I think that [when] you see people around you go to school [and] play sports, it’s a real motivation. It’s positive. “
Auger-Aliassime knew growing up that if he put himself in a position to give back, he would not hesitate.
“I would like to give this opportunity to as many kids as I can so that they have a chance to go to school, to play sports,” Auger-Aliassime said. “It’s the basics for me, and I would like for this to be global. I wanted Togo to be the first place where I can inject support and energy.”