Marin Cilic , NJTL winner Elizabeth Scotty, Roger Federer, Shaun T, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal
"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can" said Arthur Ashe. On Saturday, August 29th everybody at the 20th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day brought their A game. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and Hess hosted the full- day tennis and music festival and kicked off the 2015 US Open. The Free Grounds Festival offered many kid friendly tennis activities ( Xerox beat the Pro, Hess Target Time, Watch the Pros Practice and the USTPA 10 and under Tennis), interactive games (IBM Speedzone, Wilson Burn Challenge), music, balloon artists, juggling and face painting for families to enjoy together. Children of all ages and levels could test their skills and hit with top tennis pros from USTA and PTR.
Kids at Arthur Ashe Kids Day
Rafael Nadal with members of the Newton Boys and Girls Club
Tennis superstars Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Marin Cilic and Rafael Nadal and NJTL winner Elizabeth Scotty gave back on the fun filled afternoon in a exhibition match for charity, to promote youth tennis and honor the legacy of Arthur Ashe.
Natalie La Rose, Kalin and Myles, Bea Miller and Jacob Whitesides
The Hess Festival Stage rocked with hot new musical talents Bea Miller, American Authors, Natalie La Rose, Kalin and Myles and Jacob Whitesides. DJ Alex Angelo masterfully mixed the sounds while fitness star Shaun T and Radio Disney's Brooke Taylor hosted the show. Top seed Novack Djokovic matched tennis skills in a challenge with players from Youth Tennis.
Born in the segregated South, Arthur Ashe went on to become the only African American player ever to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open. Forty five years ago, Arthur along with Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder founded The National Junior Tennis & Learning Network. Post his legendary career Ashe saw tennis," as a way to gain and hold the attention of young people in the inner cities and other poor environments so that we can teach them about matters more important than tennis."
Kids on Court at Arthur Ashe Day
(All photos courtesy of US Open)
Proceeds from Arthur Ashe Kids' Day benefit the USTA Foundation which helps fund the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network, a nationwide group of more than 500 nonprofit youth-development organizations that provide free or low-cost tennis, education and life-skills programming to more than 225,000 children each year.