Born on Independence Day, Lives Actively & Family Focused

Family, Work, Charitable Efforts in Balance

October 17, 2014

Once the summer tennis craze ends with the completion of the US Open in early September, my focus shifts from my duties with ESPN to my kids and their school year. Over the last 8 weeks, I have been proud to attend events benefitting: the International Tennis Hall of Fame; Up2Us; California State University, Los Angeles Athletics; USTA Foundation; Common Sense Media; Rett Syndrome Research Trust and several events at my kid’s school. Supporting my kid’s school is my primary cause but these other causes touch my heart as well. The mission of each organization holds tremendous value, they are all different in their work but similar in their goal to reach out to and acquire new supporters, activators, and donors.

What I hope I can do through my philanthropic work, is to set an example for my kids so that they grow to appreciate all the benefits they have access to in life and that they understand there are many people in this world who need our help and support. One cause I have seen them grow interested in is the Pasadena Humane Society. Over two years ago, we welcomed a rescue dog from PHS (nice initials) named Stitch into our home. He has been a wonderful addition to our family and my kids have grown to love playing and walking our loveable Stitch. He has truly become a member of our family.

While my focus on family is paramount, I have also grown to rely on The Players’ Philanthropy Fund to streamline and simplify my philanthropic endeavors especially my charitable giving. Through my fund with PPF, I am able to support causes in my hometown of Baltimore, MD, my current city of residence, Los Angeles, CA and my global tennis community. As a sports industry professional, I wholeheartedly believe that PPF is the perfect organization to support the philanthropy of athletes, coaches and others in the business. It’s terrific to be part of a “team” of community-minded sports professionals. I hope others in our profession will join me by establishing a fund with PPF. So in a nutshell, I seem to have been able to strike a great balance – family, philanthropy, and work. It is possible…. Ready, Play.

– Pam Shriver