This full-day tennis and music festival for families included interactive games, musical entertainment, lots of food, and skills challenges to promote youth tennis and honor the legacy of Arthur Ashe.
Ashe broke barriers in the tennis world, becoming the first African-American male to win a Grand Slam tournament and finishing his career with three Grand Slam titles, including the 1968 U.S. Open. Off the court, he actively supported many social causes.
One of his greatest legacies is National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), a network of organizations that provide tennis education. Proceeds from this event benefit the USTA Foundation, which helps fund the National Junior Tennis and Learning network and provides tennis lessons and education to hundreds of thousands of kids each year.
The festival was very lively and was co-hosted by singer and actor Jordan Fisher, singer Laura Marano, and actor Joey Bragg. Fisher, a sports fan and former athlete, was looking forward to watching the U.S. Open and seeing Serena and Venus Williams play.
Several other athletes, such as Jack Sock, Monica Puig, and Juan Martin del Potro, attended the event to support the USTA and honor Ashe’s legacy.
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day was a celebration of sports, music, and kids and a true tribute to Ashe’s legacy.
Photographs by (from top) Brent N. Clarke/WireImage; Max Bonnstetter