The Svitolina Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that has been working hard since 2019 to identify and support young talented athletes and create the right conditions for them progress and brighten the future of Ukrainian tennis. Over the past five years, more than 1000 participants have joined the foundation's programs. 

"I am convinced that talented youth need to be fully supported. Tennis has given me a lot, and now it's my turn to help, share my experience and knowledge, and provide new opportunities for those who are just starting. I want to open the door to all sports and particularly tennis for children in my native Ukraine, and perhaps even to create new Ukrainian stars on the world sport scene. Tennis teaches self-discipline and the need to work on yourself daily with full dedication. These skills are valuable not only on the court but also in life,” ES Foundation founder, Elina Svitolina is convinced. 

After the start of Russia's large-scale war against Ukraine in February 2024, the foundation launched new areas of activity: assistance to athletes and their families fleeing the war, a mental health support program for athletes, sports diplomacy, and a series of tournaments with grant support for children living and training in Ukraine. All these projects are delivered with the foundations ethos values of care, respect, openness and collaboration.

Main areas of activity

Development of children's sports, and tennis in particular

Supporting young talents for the future of Ukrainian tennis

Psychological stability in sport and life

National sports projects

Sports diplomacy — the voice of Ukraine in the international community

Participation in reconstruction projects

Targeted assistance to war victims

Quality education (3), good health (4), gender equality (5), and partnership for sustainable development (17) are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) that we implement through the Foundation's activities.


Elina Svitolina is the most successful athlete in the history of Ukrainian tennis, a former WTA (Women's Tennis Association) world number three in ranked player. Elina has won 17 WTA singles tournaments, including the 2018 WTA Finals and Ukraine's first-ever Olympic tennis medal (bronze) at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (2021).

In 2019, Elina founded the Svitolina Foundation, which aims to support young talented tennis players and help develop tennis and sports in general in Ukraine.

In 2022, at the invitation of President Zelensky, Elina Svitolina became an ambassador of the United24 fundraising platform.

Elina Svitolina gave birth to her daughter in October 2022 and returned to tennis in April 2023. Within the first four months of her return, she won the WTA title in Strasbourg, reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros, and reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon, beating the world number one along the way. 

Since the beginning of the large-scale invasion, Elina Svitolina has been actively working to win. The famous Ukrainian athlete is the voice of Ukraine on the international stage, participates in charity events aimed at raising funds, takes care of young athletes, helps the military, and joins in the reconstruction of destroyed housing and the restoration of educational and medical institutions. 

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Best NGO Award
Berlin, Germany
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Global Award
New York, USA
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Best NGO Award
Vienna, Austria
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Earth Saver Award
New Delhi, India