Naomi Osaka: “International Day of the Girl exists because opportunities aren’t the same for girls"

On 11 October 2021 - International Day of the Girl Child, the tennis star has announced that she is increasing opportunities for young females around the world to participate in sport at all levels.

By Andrew Binner
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Tennis star Naomi Osaka is increasing her efforts to empower girls and young women on International Day of the Girl Child, 11th October.

The multiple Grand Slam winner has announced that she is expanding her programmes around the world - in conjunction with the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation - with the aim of increasing the participation of women in sport at all levels.

“International Day of the Girl exists, because opportunities – including access to play and participate in sport – aren’t the same for girls,” she said.

“Our newest community partnerships, as well as our existing relationships – which are each using sport to uplift, inspire and empower young women and girls – represent an opportunity to change that. Together, we’ll help girls find their way to those opportunities that might seem out of reach.

“Sport gives you confidence; it teaches you leadership and resilience, and better prepares you for whatever comes your way. Sport has given me so much, and I can’t wait to see where these incredible programs in LA, Tokyo and Haiti take the girls.”

“Sport has changed my world. By letting me travel to many different places and experiencing so many new things that I definitely wouldn't have experienced if I wasn't playing tennis.” - Naomi Osaka to Laureus

For more information on Osaka’s global initiative, click here.