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Besides His Hard Exterior, Raonic Has A Charitable Side Too
     
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Milos Raonic is starting to make a difference in charity work as the country's top 10 ATP talent lifts the pace of donations made by her personal charity foundation. The latest to receive a grant has been the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation in Toronto, given $20,000 to benefit a fitness initiative.

It's not the first time that the Raonic charity has donated to the local foundation, with $40,000 provided in February, 2013, to establish a Milos Raonic Kids Agility Clinic at the institution to help disabled kids engage in physical activity. “I’m seeing the difference it makes in kids’ lives,” Raonic said. “It’s great to see the progress they are making in the agility clinic.”

His foundation has also launched a challenge to Holland Bloorview, with the charity prepared to donate an additional $30,000 if the community raises $50,000 on its own.

The latest donation for a kids fitness program will fund a 17-week sports and fitness program for youth aged 10 to 18, with and without disabilities. "The program will allow youth to participate in sport in their own communities and not have to travel to the two hospitals (an hour or more each way)," said a community organizer.

The charity is mainly administered by Raonic's mother Vesna, who has taken charge of the two-year-old program. The proud parent did admit to some doubts when Milos, then aged 21, said he wanted to start a charity in the style of Roger Federer. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, the biggest names in the sport.

"I thought he was too young,” the elder Raonic told Canadian media. “But he knew what he wanted. He has dedication and focus and when he wants something, nothing can stop him.”

Raonic has been in demand over the last few weeks in Canada as he prepared for next week's Toronto Masters in his hometown, he is playing as second seed this week in Washington on hardcourt in his summer pre-US Open start.


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