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The Prize

Maria Sharapova is one of the most well-known and influential female tennis players of all time. Sharapova has won twenty-nine WTA singles titles, including four Grand Slam singles titles.

She has been a repeat donor for the past four years. Last year, Maria donated the shoes in which she beat Venus Williams at the Sydney 2013 Australian open.

This year for the 2017 auction, Maria has donated pink and purple trainers made exclusively for her by Nike in a size WS 9.5, signed on the toe of both shoes.

"The Small Steps Project is a great charity, as it brings more awareness to something most of us can’t even imagine exists; children living in rubbish dumps. The organization provides help to immediate needs and later guides many young lives into the world of education to give them a hopeful start in life. I would like to support this project with a pair of my own shoes in the auction to help provide some more necessities to children out there living in this horrible condition."


  • Nike tennis shoes, pink and purple with orange Nike swoosh
  • UK 9.5
  • Signed on the front toe of both shoes


(Photo Credit: I Heart Studios)

The Cause

Small Steps Project is a UK charity that wants to inspire everyone to take a small step, because together it is possible to make a difference.

From people volunteering their skills and attending their events, to companies donating their products and services, Small Steps raises funds that go to those who need it most. First, they provide emergency aid, shoes and food to children and communities living on municipal rubbish dumps around the world. Then they provide support for children to take steps into education, and adults into employment.

They deliver their projects in two phases. In the first phase they deliver emergency aid distribution projects, providing items that will protect people from the immediate dangers on rubbish dumps—from shoes, gloves and clothing to mosquito nets, food and water. This enables them to establish the demographics of the dump and devise and implement the second phase of sustainable projects that aims to reduce the time children spend on dumps and support them in taking small steps into education.

Small Steps Project makes documentary films and organises campaigns, such as Celebrity Shoe Auctions, to boost awareness and raise funds for this huge, but often overlooked, global situation.

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