Event Holds First Community Day

August 4, 2022 05:24 PM

San José, CA (August 4, 2022) – On Saturday, July 30, 2022, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic hosted its first Community Day. WTA players, Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic staff and volunteers joined local organizations across the county to help the San José community in what will become an annual initiative.

The Community Day was inspired by Walk the Walk, an annual day of service during which all Endeavor (parent company of IMG, which owns the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic) employees spend a day in their communities. 

Through the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Community Day, WTA players participating in the tournament deployed to three grassroots organizations, ranging from working with animals at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, visiting with families in crisis at JW House, and gardening at the San José State University Community Garden. 

In addition, WTA Charities and Modern Health partnered on a $10,000 donation to JW House, while WTA Charities also donated $2500 to the Humane Society of Silicon Valley for their pet pantry.

“The Bay Area community has supported us for more than 50 years, and we believe giving back is an important responsibility,” said Vickie Gunnarsson, Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Tournament Director. 

Many of the world’s best players participated including Daria Kasatkina, Zheng Qinwen, Garbiñe Muguruza, and Amanda Anisimova.

The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic partnered with the following organizations in 2022: 

Humane Society of Silicon Valley - Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, privately funded, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving people and pets for over 90 years. In 2017, HSSV became the first organization ever to earn model shelter status according to the guidelines set forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. As an independent non-profit organization, HSSV does not receive funding from Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA or state and federal government entities. HSSV offers quality adoptions, affordable spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchipping services, pet care services and education programs to enhance the human-animal bond. Established in 1929, HSSV has adopted more than 500,000 animals into permanent, loving homes. Animal welfare is their top priority and their mission is to save and enhance lives. For more information, visit https://www.hssv.org/.

JW House - JW House keeps families together during medical crisis by offering a welcoming home just steps away from Bay Area hospitals, providing a caring and compassionate environment that inspires hope. JW House is a comforting “home away from home” for caregivers and families to relax and rejuvenate before returning to their loved ones in the hospital. We provide each guest with the comforts of home, including home-cooked meals, hot showers, laundry facilities, and a place to relax. Something as simple as a hot cup of coffee or a supportive conversation is often just what the caregiver needs to support their loved one in a stronger and faster recovery. To learn more, go to https://jwhouse.org/.

San José State University Community Garden - The Campus Community Garden exists to provide the SJSU students, staff, faculty, and the surrounding community with an opportunity to participate in food justice, accessibility to fresh and healthy food while engaging in cultural exchange and cooperation. While at the garden, SJSU members learn the ins and outs of maintaining a small urban garden. SJSU members will learn how to harvest, prune, water and seed vegetable starts in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Garden volunteers are allowed to take home produce harvested after a workday! Most of our harvest is donated and available at the Spartan Food Pantry for free! To learn more, go to https://www.sjsu.edu/as/departments/cesar-chavez-center/community-garden.php.


ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: Co-founded by Billie Jean King in 1971, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world. Owned and operated by IMG, the Hologic WTA Tour 500-level event is the first women's stop on the US Open Series and features a 28-player singles draw, and 16-team doubles draw. 
ABOUT MUBADALA: Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio, aimed at generating sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi. Mubadala’s $284 billion (AED 1045 billion) portfolio spans six continents with interests in multiple sectors and asset classes. We leverage our deep sectoral expertise and long-standing partnerships to drive sustainable growth and profit, while supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the economy of the United Arab Emirates.  For more information about Mubadala Investment Company, please visit: www.mubadala.com
ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES: The US Open Series is a true "regular season" of summer tennis in North America, linking nine summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open. The Series features a cohesive weekly schedule and centralizes how tennis is viewed in North America across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with various outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
ABOUT IMG: IMG is a global leader in sports, events, fashion, and media. The company manages some of the world's greatest athletes, and fashion icons, owns and operates hundreds of live events annually, and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training, and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global sports and entertainment company.
ABOUT SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY: The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges. With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce. The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.