Tennis star Naomi Osaka, has contributed to sports and welfare projects as part of her involvement with the Los Angeles Boys and Girl club.
Having been named the highest paid female athlete in the world by Forbes last year, Osaka has taken on the projects to help in the growth and development of the next generation of athletes.
The three-time Grand Slam champion will fund a range of repairs and set up new sports infrastructure and facilities for the aspiring athletes. Some of these works include baseball field repairs and adjustments to locker rooms to ensure easier access for handicapped athletes to use.
The LA Boys and Girls club has asked for public feedback on the projects, which will be conducted in two phases, with the first phase considering repairs to the baseball field, including infield dirt replacement, sprinkler repairs, scoreboard repair and re-seeding or fertilising outfield grass.
The next phase will include the former tennis number one investing in a handicap lift for the swimming pool and realigning the placement of lockers to allow for a 360-degree turnaround for wheelchairs. Other funds will be put towards upgrading nets on basketball hoops and goals, alongside new uniforms.
This is not the first time Osaka has used her platform for good and positive change, when last year she produced face masks and donated the proceeds from sales to UNICEF to aid in COVID-19 relief. The first wave of masks sold out instantly in Japan and the relaunch allowed for international fans to buy them too.
Author: Jake Wilkin