Daddy Yankee has always been the type to use his platform to give back to his community. From partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise awareness about breast cancer to supporting relief efforts after Hurricane Maria, the Puerto Rican Reggaeton star has had his hand in philanthropic causes since day one.
Due to the devastating debt crisis on the island of Puerto Rico the Olympic Committee of Puerto Rico could not afford to fund the team to compete in the Swedish and Austrian Table Tennis Opens in 2018. It was then that our favorite reggaetonero took on the expenses of the athletes and their coach to go compete.
Adriana Díaz was on the team that Daddy Yankee helped. Díaz made history in 2016 for becoming the first Puerto Rican female table tennis player to qualify for an Olympic Games. She competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics where she defeated Olufunke Oshonaike 4–2 in the preliminary round before losing to Li Xue 0–4 in the second round.
“I tried to play with dolls — but, I’ve always been a sporty girl,” Adriana says in a phone interview.
“I knew that table tennis was for me. It was fun, and I was very good at it.” – Adriana Díaz on ESPN.com
At 19 years old, Adriana is now the highest ranked female table tennis player in the Americas. She prides herself on being the best in the game, bringing awareness to the sport. Table tennis was once a sport that was highly favored on the island and she wants to bring that back.
Adriana would have been competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this year, but as we all know, they have been postponed to next year due to the pandemic. We will definitely be rooting for her when the games are back on! Here’s a quick rundown of some of her achievements in the sport of table tennis:
-2013 Peru Junior & Cadet Open – Cadet Girls Singles Champion
-2014 Latin American Youth Championships – Cadet Girls Singles Champion, Cadet Girls Doubles Champion, Cadet Mixed Doubles Champion
-2014 Pan American Sport Festival – Women’s Singles Champion
-2014 Central American and Caribbean Games – Gold Medal
-2015 Pan American Games – Bronze Medal
-2016 US Open – Gold Medal
-2019 Pan American Games – Gold Medal
-2020 Pan American Games – Gold Medal