Professional tennis player
At the age of fourteen Andrea Jaeger became a professional tennis player. At sixteen years old she was the number two ranked professional tennis player in the world. Andrea’s tennis achievements include wins over Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, getting to the finals of Wimbledon and the French Open and winning numerous professional tennis titles. Andrea’s favorite tennis career moments are of visiting children with cancer during her hospital visits and helping children around the world during her tour stops.
In 1990, after 7 shoulder surgeries, Andrea started a children’s cancer foundation using all of her professional tennis earnings. Little Star Foundation provides long term care and improves the quality of life for children with cancer and children in need worldwide all at no cost to families. www.littlestar.org
Andrea has been recognized for her humanitarian efforts, achievements and contributions in helping children with cancer and children in orphanages, abuse shelters and children in need worldwide. The following is a short list of the awards Andrea has received:
1993. Good Sport Award winner from Sports Illustrated for Kids
1994. Recipient of Family Circle Magazine’s “Player Who Makes a Difference Award”
1994 The Ivy Lynn Chaplik Humanitarian Award
1995 Mercedes Excellence Award for “Uncompromising Devotion, Compassion and Care for our Children.”
1996 The Jefferson Award held in the Supreme Court Chambers
1999 The Henry P. IBA Citizen Athlete Award
1999. National Pathfinder Award
2000. Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award (only female recipient)
2001. World Sport Humanitarian Hall of Fame
2002. Ronald McDonald House Charity Award of Excellence
2004 Sojourner Award
2005. Sylvia Goldstein Humanitarian Award
2005. Little Star Beanie Baby is developed and released by Ty, Inc in
recognition of Andrea’s work with children with cancer
2006 Swiffer Special Achievement Award
2007 Clarins Most Dynamic Woman Award
2008 Elected in the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame
2008 Recipient of the John Wooden Citizenship Award
Andrea wrote First Service- Following God’s calling and Finding Life’s Purpose. It was released April 2004. 100% of Andrea’s proceeds from the Book went to helping children.
Andrea Jaeger is President of Little Star Foundation and continues to be a guiding force in making the world a better and brighter place for children.