Tina Charles Donates Half of Her Salary to Hopey’s Heart Foundation; Receives WNBA Cares Community Assist Award Presented by State Farm®
NEW YORK, June 13, 2014 – Tina Charles of the New York Liberty was awarded the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for her contributions to the community in May. This marks the first time that Charles has received the honor.
Charles has pledged to donate half of her 2014 WNBA salary to the Hopey’s Heart Foundation, which she founded in memory of her late aunt, Maureen “Hopey” Vaz, who died of multiple organ failure in 2013. The foundation provides health education, CPR training and lifesaving automatic external defibrillators (AED) in schools, communities and recreational centers. Over the last year, Charles raised and donated a total of $48,000 to purchase 100 AEDs for the program.
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Charles partnered with Fidelis Care to provide more than 270 complimentary tickets to Liberty home games at Madison Square Garden for local community organizations during the 2014 WNBA season. During an event to welcome the New York native back home at her high school, Christ the King in Queens, Charles spoke before more than 175 student athletes about her keys to success, the importance of setting goals, and performing well in school. Each student then received two tickets to the Liberty home opener.
“It is very important to invest in others,” said Charles. “I learned the meaning of giving back and helping those in my community at a young age. I believe that success isn’t measured by wealth or how many assets you have, but your ability to impact someone’s life in a positive way.”
In recognition of her efforts, the WNBA and State Farm will donate $7,500 to Hopey’s Heart Foundation.
The WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm is awarded monthly during the season to the player that best reflects the WNBA’s passion to make a difference in the community. Please visit wnba.com/statefarmcommunityassist for more information on the award and its recipients.