The Rafa Nadal Foundation was born in 2010 as a result of the desire of Rafael and Ana María, his mother, to contribute to a better world. They considered themselves very lucky and wanted to contribute their grain of sand and return the love and support received to society.
Rafael was clear that sport should be present, because in addition to being his way of life and his passion, he considers it to be a very powerful tool for social transformation.
Ana María knows that with a good education in all aspects, we contribute to the development of children and young people so that one day they will become adults with opportunities.
We review the highlights of recent years and continue to look to the future with commitment.
First full course of the Play All project
The Rafa Nadal Foundation continues to grow and has launched a new project in Barcelona managed in collaboration with the Tennis Barcelona Foundation and with the support of Nike. With this new program, it supports over 100 minors in vulnerable situations, aged between 5 and 16, from different neighborhoods in the city through regular tennis training and values education.
I Rafa Nadal Foundation Awards
The Rafa Nadal Foundation continues to promote new projects to improve people’s quality of life. The first call for the Rafa Nadal Foundation Awards is launched to help promote social initiatives developed by non-profit entities that work in five different areas: sport, education, health and well-being, social innovation and development cooperation.
Rafa Nadal Foundation Center in Madrid.
The flagship project of the Rafa Nadal Foundation continues to grow and the Rafa Nadal Foundation Center in Madrid is born, in the San Fermín neighborhood, Usera district, one of the most vulnerable areas of the capital. We serve girls, boys and young people through sports, educational activities and psychosocial support. In addition, we carried out a complete renovation of our corporate image and celebrated 10 years of activity at an event in Madrid.
The Rafa Nadal Foundation has had to adapt its intervention to the health crisis derived from covid-19. We continue to serve minors and families of the Rafa Nadal Foundation Centers despite the circumstances, through financial aid for the acquisition of basic food and hygiene products.
The Rafa Nadal Foundation Center in Valencia is born.
The Rafa Nadal Foundation Center in Valencia opens in the Natzaret neighbourhood, one of the most disadvantaged areas of the city. In this center we serve minors in vulnerable situations through sports, educational activities and psychosocial support.
The projects of the Rafa Nadal Foundation continue to be active.
All the programs carried out by the foundation continue to work successfully and the IV National Meeting More Than Tennis is held, where athletes with intellectual disabilities from all over Spain meet and compete.
Race “Millor Junts”.
The popular race “Millor Junts” is born, held in the city of Palma de Mallorca. Beyond promoting healthy physical activity and the values of sport, this sports initiative suitable for the whole family aims to raise funds for the Rafa Nadal Foundation Centre.
All projects active and the third More Than Tennis Meeting.
All the projects of the Rafa Nadal Foundation are active and the third More Than Tennis National Meeting is held in which athletes with intellectual disabilities from all over Spain compete.
First International Gala and Study&Play begins.
The first International Gala of the foundation is held in Paris with the aim of raising funds for its projects and the Study&Play scholarship program begins to support young athletes and students at US universities.
The Rafa Nadal Foundation Center in Palma opens and the Rafa Nadal Tour begins.
The activity begins at the Raga Nadal Foundation Center in Palma de Mallorca, where we serve children in vulnerable situations through educational and sports activities. The Rafa Nadal Tour is launched, a youth and solidarity tennis circuit for the benefit of the foundation’s projects.
The projects continue and the first Olazábal and Nadal Golf Tournament is held.
The activity of the Rafa Nadal Foundation continues with its ongoing projects and the Olazábal and Nadal solidarity golf tournament is held for the first time.
First National Meeting More Than Tennis.
We celebrate in Barcelona the first More Than Tennis National Encounter where athletes with intellectual disabilities from different schools throughout Spain have met.
We celebrate in Barcelona the conference “Together for Integration”
Continuing with the objective of raising funds to guarantee the continuity of our projects, on December 15, 2011 we celebrated in Barcelona, together with Invest for children, the Together for Integration day.
The foundational activity begins.
The NETS project starts in India together with the Vicente Ferrer Foundation and the Más Que Tenis project together with the Special Olympics. The first programs launched by the Rafa Nadal Foundation.