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The charity Miracle Match Foundation was set to pay Andy Roddick $100,000 for an appearance fee at an exhibition match last September, and while they gave the former U.S. Open two checks for $50,000, both checks bounced and Roddick had to take matters into his own hands.
Roddick sued the company for the $100,000 they owed him, and while it might seem a little strange to sue a charity, it isn't what you think. First, Roddick has promised to give the money he is asking for back to charity (all of it), and while Miracle Match Foundation might sound like something incredible, they haven't been giving much back to the community themselves.
According to a report by a Michigan television station, the charity that was founded in 1997 "has generated few funds for sick kids or leukemia research," and in '04 "was able to spend only $3,616 on "sick kids/family support" and nothing for research, while listing a negative balance of $377,000 for that year."
On top of that, according to Beyond the Baseline, the IRS doesn't even consider Miracle Match a non-profit because it has been so late with their financial statement reports.
“I simply expect Miracle Match Foundation to live up to their word and obligations,” Roddick said to Tennis.com. “They have repeatedly had issues paying the participants of their matches and very little of the money raised from these events actually goes to charity. 100% of the money I win in this case will go to the charities, which were originally supposed to benefit from that night.”
So basically Andy Roddick was promised a set amount of money to do some outings for a charity that was already struggling with money, and while he did his part the charity didn't do what they promised, and now he's taking matters into his own hands by trying to simply get the money to the people it was intended to in the first place.
Face it, Roddick doesn't need $100,000, but if you were promised something like this and the company backed out, wouldn't you be a little upset, especially if the whole idea under the umbrella was to help people? I know I would, and I think Roddick is handeling the situation rather admirably.
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