Moscow, Russia (January 28, 2011) â€“ Russian womenâ€™s tennis legends Elena Dementieva and Elena Likhovtseva took part in â€œTennis Stars for Children,â€ an exhibition mixed doubles match at the Tennis Palace Central Sports Club of Army (CSKA) on Jan. 27. The event was organized with the support of Gulfstream Security Systems, the Russian Tennis Federation, and Central Sports Army Club to benefit the Absolute Help Foundation and Serpukhov City Orphanage. The exhibition match featured Dementieva and Andrei Olkhovskiy against Likhovtseva and Igor Kunitsyn.
The charitable beneficiary of the match was the Absolute Help Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to implementing chÐ°rity progrÐ°ms Ð°nd projects for children inÂ the areas ofÂ educÐ°tion, public heÐ°lth, sport Ð°nd other fields in Moscow. Sixty children from the local orphanage were present at the match and attended a photo and autograph session with players as well as received gifts from Gulfstream Security Systems and the Russian Tennis Federation.
A gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Dementieva has brought womenâ€™s tennis in Russia to new levels. She has been a member of the Russian Fed Cup Team since 1999 and won Russiaâ€™s Female of the Year Award in 2001. A winner of 16 WTA titles with a career high ranking of No. 3 in the world, Dementieva plans to continue to raise awareness and funding for children in need.
â€œI was very happy to be part of this amazing event,â€ said Dementieva. â€œIt was a joint effort of many people and companies and it was rewarding to see everyone work really hard to put this together.Â The children from the orphanage were wonderful and I am really glad I got to meet them and spend time with them. I look forward to taking part in similar events in the future.â€
Likhovtseva, a former top 15 singles player and No. 3 doubles player in the world, has won a total of three WTA singles titles and 27 WTA doubles titles.
The Absolute Help Foundation wÐ°s estÐ°blished inÂ 2002Â on the initiÐ°tive ofÂ the Ðbsolut Investment Group thÐ°t provides finÐ°nciÐ°l support toÂ the foundÐ°tion. The chÐ°rity orgÐ°nizÐ°tion operÐ°tes in theÂ territory of Moscow,Â closely collÐ°borÐ°ting with the Moscow Region Government. The foundÐ°tionâ€™s progrÐ°ms Ð°re focused onÂ improving heÐ°lth Ð°nd educÐ°tion of orphÐ°ns, children from sociÐ°lly deprived fÐ°milies, disÐ°bled children and other children in need. For more information please visit http://www.absolute-help.ru.