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If you think Andy Roddick spends all his free time on the tennis court, think again. He may be ranked 5th in the world on the court, but the tennis star is slowly inching his way to the number one spot in terms of giving back to the community.

Next month will see the third annual Andy Roddick Foundation Charity Gala, and Roddick will be joined by music icon Sir Elton John. Roddick will host the evening’s festivities, which will include an auction, dinner and an intimate concert with Elton John. Executive Chef Mark Dayanandan, winner of this year’s Diamond Chef Award, will be creating a special dinner for the Gala.

The event takes place on October 14th, 2007 at the Hilton Austin and will benefit several organizations in Austin and central Texas. For sponsorship opportunities and more information contact the Andy Roddick Foundation at (561) 620-9449 or check out www.arfoundation.org.

On October 3rd in San Antonio Texas, Roddick will be at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Andy Roddick Youth Tennis Program. The event will begin at 3:30 PM at the tennis courts of Our Lady of the Lake University and Andy will take to the courts for roughly a half an hour.

The Andy Roddick Youth Tennis Program first launched at the Cleto Elementary School in early September. The Program was well received by over one hundred participants who have been attending weekly tennis clinics and speaker sessions focused on nutrition, academics, life values, social interactions and mentor relationships.

On April 26, 2007, Andy Roddick, and the Andy Roddick Foundation received the Arthur Ashe Prestigious Leadership Award from the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health for their dedication to improving the lives of children in need. And would you be surprised to learn that Roddick is the first male tennis player to receive this award?

Founded in 2000, the Andy Roddick Foundation has raised over six million dollars for various Southern Florida and Austin based children’s organizations. The nonprofit Andy Roddick Foundation strives to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all children based on the principles of respect for family, education and morality.

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