Nike was joined by global athletes Rafa Nadal and Rafa Marquez in Acapulco, Mexico as part of an initiative challenging Mexican runners to use Nike+ and raise funds for the Rafa Nadal Foundation and Rafa Marquez Foundation. The athlete-led foundations share a common focus: to advance education programs for children in need using the inspiration of sport to provide opportunities.
RAFA NADAL AND RAFA MARQUEZ FOUNDATIONS INSPIRE MEXICAN RUNNERS TO GO EXTRA MILE
#NOSOTRASCORREMOS challenged runners to use Nike+ and raise funds supporting iconic athletes´ foundations.
In preparation of the Nike She Runs race in March, Nike invited Mexican runners to transform their miles into money to donate to each foundation during Feb. 15-22. The challenge used the Nike+ app as a platform to track and add miles, helping runners train and run for a cause. The winners had the unique opportunity to visit Acapulco to meet Nadal and Marquez in person and share their donation, depending on the total amount of miles accumulated.
“The achievement of each runner is a great example of challenging yourself and helping others at the same time," said Rafa Marquez, one of Mexico's greatest footballers. "Football and sport has played an important role in my life and with the help of these donations my foundation will continue to enable less fortunate young people to enjoy sport."
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Nadal's success is based on hard work and simplicity: Benito Perez
"For Rafa it was compatible but at one particular moment Novak thought it wasn't, so I had to choose and we came to an agreement. I have a very good relationship with Novak, but would always prefer to work with a fellow countryman and with a person I started out with rather than him," said Benito, who also spoke about what both tennis players are like.
"They are both good people and very intelligent. I don't think there's anyone at this level of being so good who's not intelligent, that's Rafa's case and Novak's," he explained.
Some of my favorite photos of the Nadal/Schwartman match. You can view the entire album over at the facebook page.
Photos: Courtesy of Reuters/AbiertoMexicano
2013 Abierto Mexicano Telcel photos 2/27/2013Rafaholics ™
Rafa Nadal defeated qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2 in the first round. He'll play Martin Alund next, on Wednesday, not before 10 p.m. local time, 11 p.m. EST, which is Thursday at 4 a.m. GMT, 5 a.m. CET.
|1st Serve %||74%||67%|
|1st Serve Points Won||21/40 (52%)||21/30 (70%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||4/14 (29%)||8/15 (53%)|
|Break Points Saved||5/10 (50%)||1/2 (50%)|
|Service Games Played||8||8|
|1st Return Points Won||9/30 (30%)||19/40 (48%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||7/15 (47%)||10/14 (71%)|
|Break Points Won||1/2 (50%)||5/10 (50%)|
|Return Games Played||8||8|
|Total Service Points Won||25/54 (46%)||29/45 (64%)|
|Total Return Points Won||16/45 (36%)||29/54 (54%)|
|Total Points Won||41/99 (41%)||58/99 (59%)|
Cozumel HQ offcourt 2/22/2013Rafaholics ™
The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, with eleven Grand Slam titles in his career, today announced a partnership in Cozumel $ 14 million with a company that will operate two owned hotels on this island in the Mexican Caribbean.
"I came to know about this place a few years ago and the truth is that I loved, so we invested in this place apart is an island and is related to where I live too, which is the island of Mallorca,"
Nadal, who arrived in Cozumel on Tuesday after winning the tournament title in Sao Paulo, confirmed at a press conference that their hotels will be operated by the chain AM Resorts, headed by Mexico's Alejandro Zozaya.
"It's nice to invest in the place where one feels really good, was raised a good opportunity to invest here in Cozumel. I am passionate about nature, I love the sea, this is a natural paradise"
"In addition to the financial investment, is a beautiful and emotional investment for my future,"
"From now on, Cozumel is my second home, the sea is a source of joy and here I could spend some fantastic days, I think Quintana Roo, from what I know, Cozumel and Riviera Maya are of the most successful in the world and After all it is the product they offer, they have everything to succeed"
"My passion for nature and the sea makes this, apart from being an economic investment, is an emotional investment"
Zozaya explained that the hotel was remodeled Secrets Aura with an investment of $ 14 million and will aim to tourism and high net during the second half of the year will be ready Sabor Cozumel Sunscape, also owned by Nadal.
brasilopen photos 2/17/2013Rafaholics ™