The mission of Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education (AAYTE) is "to create and promote opportunities to improve the quality of life of young people through tennis and education." To do so, AAYTE targets children ages four to eighteen years, many from underserved, at-risk, multicultural populations.
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After a massive expansion, the organization received the stamp of approval from Arthur Ashe, Inc. to change its name to Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education in 2002. Because of the organization’s history with Ashe, Holdsman said it was important to uphold his legacy and announced in March that the tagline would be: “Inspired by the legacy of Arthur Ashe.”
The USTA player development program delivers characteristics of confidence, determination, engagement, professionalism, resilience, respect, teamwork, and toughness, and continuing the vision of Arthur Ashe, Legacy students gain the leadership and life skills necessary to open doors to possibilities for bright futures.
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In 2003, Philadelphia Youth Tennis became Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education; a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Three years later, the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center located in East Falls was constructed as a premiere facility dedicated to innovative youth tennis and education programming.
Philadelphia's Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center (now named Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Center) and Richmond's Arthur Ashe Athletic Center have been named for Ashe. The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center at Ashe's alma mater, UCLA , is named for him.
Founded in 1952 by William J. Clothier as the Philadelphia Tennis Patrons Association, AAYTE has grown over the last 54 years to include the Arthur Ashe Yout...
AAYTE annually provides qualified instructors, equipment and positive opportunities to more than 8,500 children, most of whom participate at little or no cos...
Arthur Ashe founded the National Junior Tennis League in 1969 with Charlie Pasarell, Ashe’s teammate at UCLA who devoted his life to building the game of tennis, and with Sheridan Snyder, a biotech entrepreneur with a passion for tennis. Ashe, to this day the only African American male player to have won the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, was committed not only to tennis but also to education and equity for all.
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