Friday June 10,2011 : Mizzi launches PLayers Against Poverty
25-year-old ace poker pro Sorel Mizzi has helped establish a new charitable program with an initial $10,000 donation for Poker Players Against Poverty (PPAP) under A Good Idea, a nonprofit that connects people in need with people who want to help to alleviate poverty and homelessness.
With Sorel in the lead, Poker Players Against Poverty will recruit other like-minded poker players who will commit service days and percentages of their tournament winnings in the fight against poverty.
In addition to Sorel’s first donation of $10,000, he has pledged 5 percent of all tournament winnings through the lifetime of his poker-playing career, and will also participate in four service days annually working directly with the homeless in 2011, with plans to work with the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.
“I will be placing equal priority on progressing as a poker player and giving back to my community," said Mizzi in a press release this week. "As a young poker player with a talent that brings me financial abundance, I feel it’s my responsibility to give back to people in need who are hurting financially.”
Mizzi has been joined by Joe Sebok, with both players pledging 2 percent of their annual tournament winnings.
The PPAP hopes to establish a steering committee of the top six to ten up-and-coming poker players to represent the charity.
"PPAP will not only serve as an excellent positive outlet for young, up-and-coming players but will allow these players to leave a legacy for themselves outside of the poker world through positive press, promotion, and goodwill," a spokesman for the charity said this week.