By Eman Hamed
The second ACE for Good 2021 tennis tournament has successfully come to a close after a whole day of exceptional sporting talent. The event was organized by Smash Academy, one of the most prominent tennis academies based in Cairo, and an initiative by one of its top players Hussein Nada, 17 years old, a grade 12 student in the American School of Dubai.
Hussein created a platform called “ACE FOR GOOD” to connect tennis lovers to play and support a good cause. The first tournament featured some of Dubai’s top players and managed to collect 576,000 EGP all proceeds went to the Dubai Autism Center.
The second tournament took place in Cairo on the 22nd of October, 2021 hosted by Smash Academy. The initiative was welcomed by numerous players and the support of the business community sponsorship such as Allam Group, Triangle Construction group, ASGC and Bridgestone. With the players participation fees, the total proceeds of 800,000 EGP went directly to the Egyptian Autistic Society.
Amr Al Salaly, Managing Director of Smash Sporting, said: “It was a great pleasure to host the Ace For Good Tennis event last Friday. I praise all the efforts done by Hussein Nada and all the sponsors to make this successful event see the light and get sponsors donate for the cause of Autism; Smash Sporting Club will always continue to be in support for such humane events”
“We are very proud of Hussien Nada for this initiative.
He is a role model for all teenagers. His dedication and effort to the cause are unparalleled. His contribution will go towards sponsoring children with autism who cannot afford therapy” Dalia Soliman, President of the EAS.
Hassan Allam, CEO of Allam Group, said: “Allam Group is so proud of this sponsorship, as we always strive to work for philanthropic causes since this reflects our values. Nevertheless, sports and fitness related activities always get our support as we believe in their key role in maintaining our mental health and wellbeing.”
The goal is to successfully include children with autism into our community through holistic approaches to their education and therapeutic interventions; together with focused efforts to create social awareness about autism. “It is also important that families feel supported and encouraged as they navigate their child’s developmental challenges. With all difficulties families continue to face due to the pandemic our support and efforts as athletes and community members are more important than ever.” Hussein Nada said.
With a total collection of almost 83,000 USD for the 2021 charity cause, Hussein’s plan is to roll out ACE for GOOD on a regular basis. He is also hoping to implement it in other countries with the support of various tennis communities.
Bishoy Azmy, ASGC Group, said: “We are very pleased to be involved in the “ACE FOR GOOD” event and to be supporting such a worthwhile cause. We thank Hussein for his efforts in making this tournament happen and look forward to supporting further initiatives in the future”
Ahmed El Tawil, President of Triangle Group expressed his appreciation saying: “We salute Hussein for his initiative and efforts, which made us so excited to take this sponsorship opportunity and support him in achieving this great cause.
He showed us that age is never a barrier for doing good; we can all do something good for the community as long as we believe in the cause and in our abilities,”