Moscow, October 21, 2013 – September 2013, the first charitable tennis tournament SKOLKOVO Play4Life Open took place at Zhukovka Tennis Centre. The competition was organized by Play4Life Initiative group – Yerlan Balgarin, EMBA 5 graduate, and Elena Tsoi – with the support of the SKOLKOVO Alumni Association. Students and graduates of SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management as well as the participants of the Amatour tournaments took part in the competition.
All the means gathered at the SKOLKOVO Play4Life Open tournament, which was more than 450,000 rubles, were directed to the Konstantin Khabensky’s Charity Foundation and spent on medical treatment for Egor Dendeberya and Kirill Alekhin.
Mixed doubles’ partners, selected by the drawing procedure, took part in the tournament as well. Dmitriy Kazachkov, EMBA 3, and Konstantin Mashanskiy, EMBA 5 turned out to be the awardees in this persistent competition. The prizes were provided by the Russian Tennis Federation together with the RUSMICE Company, and branded polo-shirts – by BOSCO DI CILIEGI.
“Within 7 years the funds we have raised at the tournament helped us achieve numerous aims, such as equipping computer classes in a boarding school for blind children, purchasing developmental equipment for children with CP, equipping a play-room in a Children’s Oncologic Centre, etc. I hope that SKOLKOVO Play4Life Open will attract more and more participants each year,” says Yerlan Balgarin, the founder of this tournament.
“SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management is always delighted to support charitable initiatives of our students and graduates. SKOLKOVO Play4Life is an excellent example of an action that combines promoting a healthy lifestyle and pursues an honorable goal – to help those in need. I hope there will be more similar initiatives and they will become our school’s tradition,” – says Ekaterina Inozemtseva, Head of Alumni at SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management.
The participants and organizers express their sincere gratitude to the competition’s partners: EURASIA STRATEGICS LIMITED represented by Sergio Man, EMBA 5 graduate, RUSMICE headed by Natalia Stolyarova, EMBA 2 graduate, Fidelity Investments acting through Andreas Savvidi and the Russian Tennis Federation.
First Play4Life Open charitable tennis tournaments among amateur players took place in Kazakhstan in 2006. Ever since, the tournament became an annual non-commercial volunteer project. The goal of Play4Life Open tournaments is to popularize tennis and provide charitable help to orphanages and centers for disabled children. The SKOLKOVO Play4Life Open 2013 was held in Moscow for the first time and became the ninth tournament organized by the Initiative group Play4Life.
The charitable tennis tournament will definitely become another great SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management’s tradition.