Andrea Jaeger, formerly the No. 2 tennis player in the world, is now a prominent philanthropist. Jaeger founded and has led the Little Star Foundation for 38 years.
Little Star Foundation
Jaeger used winnings from her tennis career to create the Little Star Foundation. The Foundation provides long-term care to children who have cancer or are in need. It provides financial help, therapeutic play, outreach, educational assistance, arts and wellness programs, and medical care. The Foundation aims to help children enjoy their lives, despite their diagnoses. Examples of the Foundation’s work include:
- Daily, Emergency and Long Term Care.
- Providing college scholarships.
- Financing family retreats and travel for hospital visits.
- Providing Hospice Support.
Many of Jaeger’s fellow former tennis pros donate to the 501(c)(3) organization, which Jaeger leads as president. In 1990, the Jefferson Awards gave Jaeger the Samuel S. Beard Award for Greatest Public Service from a person 35 years old and younger. Andrea has received numerous other awards. Nelson Mandela came to visit Andrea and thank her for her humanitarian work.
Andrea Jaeger wrote “First Service: Following God’s Calling and Finding Life’s Purpose” in 2004, describing how she was led to start the Foundation. Proceeds from her books go to support the Little Star Foundation. She also has written several articles for publications such as the Morning Star Journal.
Andrea hosts a podcast, Little Star Light, with co-hosts Adriana Solarova and Karen Vazquez. Little Star Light shares inspirational stories of courage from people across industries and specialties to educate, entertain and enlighten audiences.
About Andrea Jaeger
Andrea Jaeger was a tennis prodigy who was the second-ranked female tennis player in the world at age 16. She won 10 Virginia Slims singles titles. She also advanced to the French Open in 1982 and Wimbledon in 1983. She won the mixed doubles title at the 1981 French Open. She and her partner, Jimmy Arias, beat Betty Stove and Fred McNair.
Jaeger injured her shoulder, and her professional career ended early. She continued to play in charity events for children until 2014.
After her shoulder injury, she received an associate’s degree from the Institute of Theology and Ministry Training. Andrea donated all her pro tennis earnings to help children with cancer and children in need.
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