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The Prize

Martina Navratilova is a Czechoslovakian and later American tennis player and coach. In 2005, Tennis magazine selected her as the greatest female tennis player for the years 1965 through 2005, and she is considered one of the best female tennis players of all time, if not the best.

This is the first time Martina has taken a Small Step by donating the pair of Asics trainers with patent black detail that she wore in her victory at Wimbledon this year.

"These shoes helped me accomplish my victory alongside Cara at the Wimbledon tournament in 2017, and I hope that they can now find a new home and help people win their battle with poverty"


  • Asics, white with black patters
  • US size 9.5
  • Signed on the outside of the soles


(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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