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Please help: a moving plea from Puerto Rican tennis star Monica Puig


After Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, this Olympic athlete has been raising funds to help her home.

Tennis star Monica Puig was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. And although her family moved to Miami when she was just one year old, she returned every summer to visit.

Monica Puig as a child in Puerto Rico

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Puig won the gold medal for the women's tennis competition. That made her the first person from Puerto Rico to win a gold medal, and she came home to overwhelming support and cheers.

The gold medalist says the people of Puerto Rico have always lifted her spirits and she feels this is her opportunity to give back.

The devastation of Hurricane Maria destroyed the energy grid, leaving more than three million Americans there without electricity. So now she's working to raise $150,000 and is asking for your help to reach that goal by donating to this effort at www.youcaring.com/donatewithmonica

"I am heartbroken by the devastation that hurricane Maria has brought to my beloved Puerto Rico. I hereby ask anyone willing to help rebuild the island to donate via this fund. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico."
Monica Puig, Puerto Rican Olympic gold medalist
other stars are supporting #DonateWithMonica

She asks all who donate to share the plea on social media with #DonateWithMonica, as other stars have, including Maria Sharapova, Kei Nishikori, Nick Kyrgio and Billie Jean King.

To view the full story from the Tennis Channel, click here.

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