Sloane Stephens, who is currently in San Diego to participate in the WTA 500 tournament in the city, shed light on a humanitarian project that she and her foundation are involved in.
The American star, who began the Sloane Stephens Foundation to “use tennis and education to change the narrative of poverty, health inequity, and educational underdevelopment,” revealed that she is currently assisting with the building of a school in Haiti.
Stephens also disclosed that her husband Jozy Altidore, who has Haitian roots, was the inspiration behind the move to do her bit to improve the lives of children in the troubled Caribbean nation.
The 29-year-old, in her blog, stated that she had taken the project on as a birthday surprise for Altidore, who had been involved in relief efforts in the country following an earthquake in 2010.
The American footballer, who married Stephens in January this year, was the one who informed and educated the 2017 US Open champion about the history of Haiti, prompting the efforts that followed.
Stephens also shared the news that the school was “just weeks” away from being complete and expressed her desire to visit the institution in the future.
Hope for Haiti, the non-profit organization that spearheaded the mission to improve the quality of life for Haitians, announced on social media that Stephens and Altidore will be honored for supporting their programs for the island country.
Sloane Stephens, who reached the quarterfinals of the French Open earlier this year, will be looking to strike form in San Diego.
The World No. 52 bagged her first title since 2018 at Guadalajara earlier this year, before a disappointing US Open series where she failed to advance beyond the second round.
Stephens will take on Jil Teichman of Switzerland in her first-round clash in San Diego.
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