Things weren’t always easy for current ATP World No.1 and 14-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. He grew up in Serbia in the late ’80s and the early ’90s, a period where the country was ravaged with war. Yet, he has managed to become one of the greatest players of all-time and best in the world at this very moment.
Djokovic will be the first one to admit that it has all been possible due to the good education and environment provided to him by his family and friends despite the turbulence, which surrounded him in his homeland.
To make sure that children around the world have optimum opportunities for personal growth and development, the Serb’s charity, the Novak Djokovic Foundation has decided to fund four researchers per year at one of the prominent universities in the world, Harvard. The research will be concentrated on early years’ education. The research will aim to find out how to improve the growth of children in war-torn countries through the means of education.
Speaking to BBC, Djokovic further elaborating on his decision said:
Growing up in a war-torn country is not easy on anyone, most of all the children. They don’t have the coping mechanism as adults do and the impact of toxic environments on their life is tremendous. Living with that kind of fear is detrimental for any child’s development. And knowing personally how that feels, I promised myself years ago that if I could, I would do anything to help these children. I hope the research in this area will help minimise the trauma these children feel so that they too can grow up mentally strong and healthy individuals.”
This is simply a brilliant initiative from the Serb who has always had a reputation for being a philanthropist. He and his foundation has already worked on many initiatives to help children back home in Serbia as well as all around the globe.