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Novak Djokovic Foundation Hosts The Institutes Lectures in Serbia 3/4/2015

Published: March 4, 2015 | 3 minute read
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More than 600 parents from all over Serbia attended lectures in Belgrade on the 22nd of February. Parents came to learn how to help their brain-injured children. Douglas Doman, vice director of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, and Spencer Doman, child brain developmentalist, were invited by the Novak Djokovic Foundation to give a presentation that would help each family put their child on a pathway to wellness. These were the first lectures ever given by The Institutes in Serbia.


Douglas Doman teaches parents in Belgrade.

Novak Djokovic is ranked as the number-one tennis player in the world. He created the foundation in 2007, which has a history of helping Serbian children and families in need, including providing educational resources for children in disadvantaged areas and helping children and families in cities that were crippled by floods last year.

Both the Novak Djokovic Foundation and The Institutes share a love for children and families around the world, and both organizations teach parents about the importance of nutrition and physical activity for the health and development of children.

Novak with Kids

Novak Djokovic has a long history of helping children in his country.

In his presentation, Douglas Doman emphasized the importance of mobility in the overall development of brain-injured children who may have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, developmental delay, autism, hyperactivity, Trisomy 21, or any other symptomatic label used to describe a brain-injured child. The importance of joyful teaching and learning between parents and children at home was the focus of Spencer Doman’s presentation.

Spencer Doman in Belgrade

Spencer Doman puts joyousness front and center when he spoke in Belgrade.

Spencer commented, “The parents who attended the lectures were so welcoming and eager to learn. Their comments and questions demonstrated that they would stop at nothing to ensure the brightest future for their children. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak with these wonderful, devoted parents.”

The Novak Djokovic Foundation is directed by CEO Jelena Djokovic, Novak’s wife and mother of their son, Stefan. Jelena, with a unique perspective both as the Foundation’s leader and the mother of a young child, attended the lectures and inspired other parents attending when she spoke about her own experience teaching her baby at home.

Doug & Jelena

Jelena Djokovic and Douglas Doman make plans for the future.

Douglas Doman commented, “We have had the privilege of teaching in many nations over the last six decades, and we have never taught in any place where we felt more warmly welcomed by a team that had insured that every detail of preparation was done perfectly. What a pleasure it was to be here and to meet every member of The Novak Djokovic Foundation.”

The Institutes would like to thank Novak and Jelena Djokovic and the entire team of the Novak Djokovic Foundation for giving the parents of Serbia an opportunity to learn more about what they can do to help their brain-injured child get better by hosting this wonderful event.

Djokovic Foundation Team

The Novak Djokovic Foundation team made it an event to remember.

This is just the first step. The Institutes looks forward to returning to Serbia to help the parents of brain-injured children, and to welcoming The Novak Djokovic Foundation and the families of Serbia to Philadelphia in the future.

To view more photos from this event, click here.

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