SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that the third annual Aces for Humanity campaign — a joint WTA and USANA Health Sciences initiative supporting the USANA True Health Foundation — has raised another $25,000 USD for the not-for-profit charity, whose mission is to provide the most critical human necessities to those suffering or in need. The WTA presented the Foundation with a check during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global last week.
Beginning with the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells this past March, every ace served at a Premier-level WTA event translated into a donation for the Foundation. For every ace served by one of USANA's nine Brand Ambassadors (Caroline Wozniacki, Genie Bouchard, Madison Keys, Samantha Stosur, Sloane Stephens, Monica Puig, Zheng Saisai, Kristina Mladenovic and Alizé Cornet), the WTA contributed $10 toward the campaign, while every ace served by any other player on Tour translated into a $5 donation. Throughout the year the players raised $23,755 and the overall amount was rounded to $25,000.
This year the program involved regular social giveaways via Twitter that included autographed tennis balls by the some of the WTA's biggest names and USANA product.
"The WTA is pleased to again contribute $25,000 to the USANA True Health Foundation," stated WTA CEO Steve Simon. "The long standing partnership we hold with USANA provides many opportunities, perhaps the most notable here in supporting this Foundation and helping those in need."
Since opening its doors in 2012, the charitable organization has donated more than $5.3 million to those in need and most recently contributed $80,000 toward disaster relief in Haiti for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. During the same time the WTA has contributed more than $140,000 to the Foundation's efforts.
"The support we continue to receive from the WTA has allowed the Foundation to respond to disasters in a timely manner and help those in need of assistance when it has mattered most," said Jim Bramble, board president of the USANA True Health Foundation. "We are grateful for our partnership with the WTA and our Brand Ambassadors, and their commitment to helping us make the world a better place."
USANA is one of the WTA's global premier partners and has served as the Official Health Supplement Supplier for the WTA for the past ten years. Since 2006 the company has provided its high-quality nutritional supplements, protein bars and protein shakes to more than 170 WTA players, including eight of the current Top 10, and 15 players in the Top 20.
*The mentioned athletes are either distributors or dedicated users who have received
Ashley Collins, USANA Health Sciences, media(at)us.usana(dot)com
Amy Binder, WTA, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the USANA True Health Foundation
The USANA True Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing relief to those suffering from hunger, malnutrition and natural disasters around the world. Created by USANA co-CEO Dave Wentz to help expand and enhance USANA's ongoing charitable efforts, its mission is to provide the most critical human necessities to those suffering or in need. To learn more about our programs and global impact visit www.USANAfoundation.org or like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/USANAfoundation).
The WTA is the global leader in women's professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing 92 nations competing for a record $137 million in prize money. The 2016 WTA competitive season includes 56 events and four Grand Slams in 33 countries. In 2015, The WTA was watched by 395 million fans on television and digital channels around the world. The 2016 WTA competitive season concludes with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global from October 23-30, 2016 and the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China from November 1-6, 2016.
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SOURCE USANA Health Sciences