Having officially retired from the circuit in 1999, Stefanie Graf has since dedicated herself to her family and to the charitable organization she founded in 1998 in conjunction with the "Outpatient Clinic for Refugee Children and their Families". Headquartered at the University Clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf, Children for Tomorrow proudly opened their new facility in April 2011.
To provide aid to children and families
This non-profit organization aims to provide aid to children and families who are victims of war, flight, persecution or violence. The damage is devastating : sleep disorders, nightmares, depression and other post-traumatic symptoms, all of which require highly intensive psychological treatment. The financial resources of Children for Tomorrow are dedicated to healing this psychological trauma, which is all too often disregarded. Allocation of the Foundation's resources and the financed projects are carefully studied and selected with the help of the University Clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf.
The Foundation's strategy
In addition to financing projects in Uganda, Eritrea and Kosovo, Children for Tomorrow provides funding for the Outpatient Clinic for Refugee Children and their Families at the University Clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf, offering psychological and psychiatric treatment to traumatized children from war stricken regions. The Foundation has established valuable partnerships with health professionals and child psychologists at hospitals and elementary schools which enable those in need to receive therapy at the clinic. The Foundation strives for projects to be managed and results achieved as part of a long-term vision.
Stefanie Graf and Longines
A female tennis icon with a supremely precocious talent – she began playing tennis at the age of 4 — a court virtuoso admired for her professionalism and courage, Stefanie Graf has left an indelible mark on the history of tennis. She was a phenomenally successful player throughout her 17-year career : 902 wins, including 22 Grand Slams, an Olympic gold medal, number 1 in the WTA rankings for 377 weeks — a record unbroken to this day. Stefanie Graf is a truly iconic figure in sporting history. Stefanie Graf shares Longines' drive for excellence, performance and elegance. Through her courage, commitment and generosity, the champion perfectly embodies the brand's values, as illustrated by its slogan : "Elegance is an attitude". The watchmaking brand is therefore proud to support the Children for Tomorrow Foundation and the work of its Ambassador of Elegance.
The Foundation's key figures (for the Hamburg facility only)
48 children are treated every day. 4704 hours of psychotherapy are provided every year. 500 hours of educational support are provided every year. 1000 hours of social support are offered every year. 18 months is the average length of a course of therapy. 180 treatment plans are offered every quarter. 17 different countries of origin for refugee patients. 250 child refugees are treated every year. 750 hours of art therapy are offered every year.