In Response: Martina Navratilova USA Today Article; Another highlight ahead for Navratilova: Tennis on Kilimanjaro

Legendary Tennis Superstar Martina Navratilova Will Climb Mount Kilimanjaro For Laureus Sport For Good Foundation

59-time Major Winner (wow…that sounds like a joke or something…but count ’em, 18 singles Majors, 31 doubles Majors and 10 mixed doubles Majors…and who knows how many more singles Majors she would have won had she not played at the same time as Chris Evert) Martina Navratilova, who battled breast cancer in 2010, will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.  For me, Martina is a national treasure.  She is a legendary champion’s champion and an even better person. I don’t always agree with everything she says, but I know everything she says comes from the heart.  Scott Gleeson, of USA Today, wrote a wonderful piece on her upcoming attempt to scale Kilimanjaro:

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2010-12-04-martina-navratilova-laureus_N.htm

some excerpts:

“People don’t get on their journey because they’re afraid to set sail,” she said. “The biggest failure is to not even try … we’re going to give it our best shot.”

Navratilova, who finished radiotherapy treatment in June, believes her life-altering fight with breast cancer has given her a new, profound perspective that she’ll bring with her up the mountain.

“It was a lousy beginning of the year for me so I’m hoping to end on a high note and get to the top (of Kilimanjaro),” she said. “I’ve always appreciated life, but that has been enhanced by that experience (fighting cancer). It did take a lot out of me physically and emotionally. It did tire me out, but I only missed one day of playing tennis.

Navratilova correlated her passion on the tennis court and in life to her climb up over 19,000 feet.

“I’ve always been interested in pushing myself in tennis and outside of tennis, getting the most out of me.” she said. “I like to push my boundaries and see if I can overcome fears. I had a fear of flying so I got a pilot’s license. I had a fear of drowning so I got a scuba diving license. It’s that fear of the unknown. I face it head on … I guess I have that inner confidence. I’m not afraid of failing.”

You don’t win 59 Majors, 167 singles titles, 177 doubles titles and 15 mixed doubles titles without being a fighter, without having the raw determination that nothing will stop you from giving everything you have to achieve your goals.  Whatever happens, happens.  But even if you come up short, you will probably end up a far greater place than if you let fear of failure prevent you from even trying.

The fundraising goal for the climb is $134,000. More than half of that has already been raised. Navratilova said that she has been inspired by the people in Africa and witnessing the lifestyles of children in Nairobi has been “disheartening and encouraging” at the same time. With that, she is hoping her trek can inspire.

I don’t endorse products or causes I post about, but in this case I will make an exception.  To donate to this cause, please visit:

http://www.firstgiving.com/martinakiliclimb

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One thought on “In Response: Martina Navratilova USA Today Article; Another highlight ahead for Navratilova: Tennis on Kilimanjaro

  1. Pingback: Martina Navratilova Begins Attempt To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro « Fairways And Forehands

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