Naomi Osaka Will Donate Her Prize Money to Haitian Earthquake Relief Efforts

Naomi Osaka is raising awareness around the devastation in Haiti following a recent 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

The tennis star has pledged to donate any prize earnings from next week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnatti to support earthquake relief efforts in the Caribbean island country. Haiti declared a one-month state of emergency in response to an earthquake that struck near Haiti Saturday morning, which has left over 700 people dead and over 2,800 injured according to CNN.

Osaka, who is Haitian on her father’s side, and Japanese on her mother’s, announced her pledge on Twitter yesterday. She wrote, “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.”

“I know our ancestors blood is strong we’ll keep rising,” she wrote, ending the post with an emoji of the Haitian flag and a praying hands emoji.

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