2001-08-11 / Sports

Fun and Importance on Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

Fun and Importance on Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

The United States Tennis Association will host the sixth annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Saturday, August 25th at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, N.Y. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is a day-long festival with kids’ activities that includes tennis clinics, interactive games and musical entertainment.

The event honors the late Arthur Ashe, who died at the age of 49 due to pneumonia from the AIDS virus. Ashe was the first black male to compete in tennis in the 1960’s. Ashe came into prominence by winning the U.S. Open in 1968 and winning Wimbledon in 1975. He was noted for his involvement in the civil rights movement, which included his protests of apartheid in South Africa.

Ashe founded the USA National Junior Tennis League in 1969, which provides opportunity for tennis to economically disadvantaged kids. In the six years of the event, $2 million has been raised to fund the program.

The gates will be opened at 9:00 a.m. and the event will be shown on CBS on Sunday August 26th from 12-1:30 p.m. For tickets to the event, call Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPENTIX or purchase tickets at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.


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