Arthur Ashe Kids' Day

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Arthur Ashe Kids' Day is an annual tennis/children’s event that takes place in the end of August at the United States Tennis Association at Arthur Ashe Stadium. (USTA) Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York. It is sponsored by the Hess Corporation, IBM, and USTA. This event also begins the U.S. Open, which officially starts one day later. This event is also televised on CBS the following day. It is a celebration of the memory of Arthur Ashe, who died of AIDS in 1993, and of his efforts to help young people through tennis. Kids’ Day began in 1993, the year that Ashe died.

At the 2005 event, the United States Postal Service unveiled and issued the Arthur Ashe Commemorative Postal Stamp in the presence of the Ashe family.[1] The 2011 originally scheduled for August 27 was cancelled in the wake of the forthcoming Hurricane Irene. This marked the first time the event was cancelled in advance.

Participants at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day have an opportunity to play and/or watch numerous tennis matches before and after the main event at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Center. The main event at the stadium consists of a concert and tennis matches. As people enter the stadium, they are handed hats to commemorate the event.

Tennis greats that have appeared annually at Arthur Ashe Kids Day include Venus and Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters, and Anna Kournikova, who play to entertain the children and families and to raise money for charity. Kids Day has been hosted by MTV VJ Quddus and sportscaster and ‘’Figure It Out’’ host Summer Sanders. Many popular singers have also performed at Kids Day, including Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, 98 Degrees, Bow Wow, Ne-Yo, Jesse McCartney, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, O Town, JoJo, Monica, Jonas Brothers and many others. During the day many tennis stars sign autographs and take pictures with the children.

Events[edit]

Date Host Tennis players[nb 1] Performers Other celebrities Ref.
2nd Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 23, 1997 John McEnroe, Andre Agassi Hanson Bill Cosby [2]
3rd Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 29, 1998 Bill Cosby Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Serena Williams, Venus Williams Backstreet Boys [3]
4th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 28, 1999 Pete Sampras, John McEnroe Britney Spears [4]
5th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 26, 2000 Jessica Simpson, 98 Degrees [5]
6th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 25, 2001 Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Martina Hingis, Serena Williams Lil' Bow Wow and O-Town [6]
7th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 24, 2002 Summer Sanders and Quddus Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, James Blake, Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova Mario, BBmak, and Vanessa Carlton [7][8]
8th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 23, 2003 Summer Sanders Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Anna Kournikova Daniel Bedingfield, Monica, and Smash Mouth [9]
9th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 28, 2004 Andy Roddick, Bob and Mike Bryan, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati JoJo and Gavin DeGraw [10]
10th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 27, 2005 Summer Sanders and Quddus Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Navratilova, Anna Kournikova Rihanna, Jesse McCartney, and The Click Five [11][12]
11th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 2006 Daisy Fuentes and Quddus Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova Ne-Yo, The Cheetah Girls, Cheyenne Kimball, and Teddy Geiger [13]
12th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 26, 2007 Daisy Fuentes and Quddus Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Sam Querrey, Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, Ana Ivanovic, Daniela Hantuchová The Jonas Brothers, Sean Kingston, Kat De Luna, and Lil Mama John Cena, Tony Hawk, Rob Thomas [14][15] see also 2007 Arthur Ashe Kids Day
13th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 23, 2008 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams Demi Lovato, Colby O'Donis and Menudo [16]
14th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 29, 2009 Susie Castillo and Quddus Roger Federer, Any Roddick, James Blake, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova Jordin Sparks and Justin Bieber Will Ferrell [17][18]
15th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 28, 2010 Adrienne Bailon and Quddus Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Shontelle, and Allstar Weekend Nick Cannon, Lindsey Vonn [19][20]
16th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day (cancelled) August 27, 2011 La La Anthony and Quddus Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters, David Wagner Original program: Jason Derulo, Cody Simpson, Jessica Jarrell, and Greyson Chance Bradley Cooper, Carmelo Anthony [21][22]
17th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 2012 Jordin Sparks and Quddus Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic, Mardy Fish, Ryan Harrison, Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Sloane Stephens, Christina McHale Carly Rae Jepsen with Owl City, Rachel Crow, The Wanted, and Mindless Behavior Matthew Morrison, Missy Franklin, Brad Richards [23][24]
18th Arthur Ashe Kids' Day August 24, 2013 Missy Franklin and Quddus Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, David Wagner Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Lawson, Coco Jones and Cazzette. Free concert: Before You Exit, Kenton Duty, Trevor Jackson, Megan Nicole, CityKids and Lucki Gurlz [25]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ There might be more players than listed; the ones listed are cited

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Clarey, Christopher (August 23, 1997). "It's No Party for Qualifiers". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Legend To The World: Arthur Ashe Kids' Day". The Sentinel. August 27, 1998. Retrieved August 25, 2012 – via HighBeam.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Britney Spears To Play Special Concert At U.S. Open Site". MTV. Viacom. June 14, 1999. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ Basham, David (June 29, 2000). "98 Degrees, Jessica Simpson To Play Kids' Day Show". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ Scheinbart, Betsy (August 30, 2001). "O-Town, Lil’ Bow-Wow perform at Arthur Ashe Kids Day". Times Ledger. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Top Entertainment Celebrities Join Top Tennis Stars August 24 for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Presented by Aetna". PR Newswire. August 4, 2002. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ Gelman, Jason (August 21, 2002). "Vanessa Carlton Added To Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Line-up". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ Fell, Everett (August 21, 2003). "Stars to entertain crowd at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day". Times Ledger. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Top Musical Performers JoJo and Gavin DeGraw Join Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, the Bryan Brothers for Star-Studded Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Music and Tennis Extravaganza On August 28". PR Newswire. August 12, 2004. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
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  12. ^ "Arthur Ashe Kids Day 2005 at the US Open". PRPhotos.com. August 27, 2005. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Pop, R&B stars highlight 11th annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day". CBS Sports. August 24, 2006. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Music stars highlight Arthur Ashe Kids' day celebration". CBS Sports. August 23, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  15. ^ Faber, Judy. "Tennis And Music Mix At U.S. Open". CBS News. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  16. ^ "The 13th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess". USTA.com. May 25, 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  17. ^ "US Open 2009 Arthur Ashe Kid's Day Line-up announced". Zimbio. July 13, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Photo - 2009 Arthur Ashe Kids Day". Zimbio. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  19. ^ "New Additions to 15th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day Talent". Long Island Tennis Magazine. August 3, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Jonas Brothers Headline 15th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day". Active.com. 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Pros lined up for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day". RacquetSportsIndustry.com. July 28, 2011. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  22. ^ "2011 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Cancelled". Arthur Ashe Kids' Day. August 26, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2012. 
  23. ^ Montalvo, Megan (August 23, 2012). "Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day - Festivities Kick Off U.S. Open". Queens Tribune. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  24. ^ "U.S. Open grounds buzzing for Kids’ Day". Tucson Citizen. Gannett Company. August 25, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone to headline talent at 2013 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day". July 24, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 

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