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
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
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
"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.