Naomi Osaka Pledges to Donate Award Money to Haiti After Earthquake

By: Alyssa Wilson

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka pledged to donate some of her award money to Haiti after a massive earthquake devastated the country.  

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On Saturday, Haiti was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. More than 1,200 people were killed and thousands were injured. The country is bracing for impacts from Tropical Depression Grace, which could bring heavy rain and high wind to the region.  

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Osaka tweeted about the earthquake, saying it hurts to see what the country is going through. “Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break. I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti.”  

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According to ESPN, Osaka is playing in the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament this week. Her father, Leonard Francois, who taught her how to play tennis, is from Haiti.  

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Haiti, now struggling from the devastation caused by the earthquake, was already unstable. In July, the country’s president Jovenel Moise was assassinated, causing political strife.  

Other high-profile figures from other industries have also spoken out about Haiti, including Cardi B, Don Omar and Charlie Wilson.  

Multiple organizations are collecting resources to help the citizens impacted by the natural disaster, including UNICEFDoctors Without Borders and Convoy of Hope 

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If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here. 

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