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September 16, 2007 Guest Andrea Jaeger
Holy Laughter

Sister Andrea Jaeger is a former World No. 2 professional tennis player whose highly successful tennis career ended prematurely due to major shoulder injuries. Jaeger reached the singles final of Wimbledon in 1983 and the French Open in 1982. She reached the singles semifinals of the Australian Open in 1982 and of the U.S. Open in 1980 and 1982. She also won 11 singles titles. In mixed doubles, Jaeger won the French Open with Jimmy Arias in 1982.

In 1990, Jaeger used her winnings from tennis to create, along with her close friend and business partner Heidi Bookout, the Silver Lining Foundation a magical world created for children with cancer. Located in Aspen, Colorado, the organization brings children from all over the world for an all expense paid week of adventure in the therapeutically serene mountains of Aspen, Colorado. Participants exchange a sterile hospital environment and rigid medical schedule for white water rafting, horseback riding, gondola rides up Aspen mountain, skiing and making lifetime friends. Model campers return as junior staff or as editors for our two newsletters, designed and written by the children. Fun, education, and adventure are instrumental to our programs which are designed to last a lifetime. Jaeger has since established the "Little Star Foundation," reaching on average 4,000 kids annually. She recently moved from Aspen to a much larger, 220-acre property in Hesperus, Coloroado, where she will be able to expand her programs.

In 2004, Andrea's autobiography "First Service" was published. In it, she wrote about her teenage years as a tennis player and her later decision to focus on serving God. All proceeds from the book were donated to children's charities.

 

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