Through his friendship with First Serve board member, Paul Van Der Grift, Kevin began to learn about the work of First Serve that helps under-served children in Palm Beach County. Kevin was blown away by the positive impact First Serve has on local, underprivileged youth through its after school and mentoring programs. As a resident of South Florida, Kevin pledged to use his time in the tennis off-season to help First Serve raise more awareness and needed funds for the children.
Kevin also holds a deep love for animals and the Earth, and is passionate about raising awareness on and off the tour for both animal adoption and anti-plastic initiatives. His hope is that, together with First Serve, they can raise even more this year for these great causes and exceed their amount of $120,000 raised at last year’s charity event.
At the beginning of 2017, Kevin and his wife Kelsey fell in love with a dog up for adoption at the Delray Beach Green Market. After adopting Lady Kady from Dezzy’s Second Chance, Kevin and Kelsey grew to understand the constant financial needs of the dog rescue and became passionate about raising funds to help save dogs at Dezzy’s Second Chance. Sandra Dezelan works with animal care and control as well as other shelters to save dogs with often extensive medical needs. Animals welcomed into Dezzy’s truly gain a second lease on life, and are loved and cared for on a cage-free 5-acre rescue ranch until they find their forever homes.
In the past few years, Kevin grew increasingly aware of the plastic pollution plaguing our oceans and is determined to help reduce the use of single-use plastics on tour plus raise awareness among his friends and family and encourage ocean cleanup efforts.