By McCarton Ackerman, USOpen.org
Chart-topping pop-rock act American Authors, Rolling Stone “Artist You Need to Know” Bea Miller, “hip-pop” duo Kalin and Myles, Flo Rida protégé Natalie La Rose and MTV's "Artist to Watch" Jacob Whitesides will team up with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and last year’s US Open champion Marin Cilic at the 20th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess.
Arthur Ashe Kids' Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., home of the US Open, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be televised on ESPN2 on Sunday, Aug. 30, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET.
The live tennis and music show will feature fun exhibition matches and skills competitions with Djokovic and Cilic, as well as musical performances by the above-mentioned acts. Additional participants will be announced in the coming weeks.
“It’s a historic occasion for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, as we mark two decades of bringing the best in tennis and music together on a truly special day for families," said Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. “The event also captures the spirit and vigor of Arthur Ashe and is a fantastic way of encouraging youth to be active in tennis and life, while developing healthy habits early on.”
Over the years, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day has been a launching pad for many of music’s biggest acts including Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Hunter Hayes, Fifth Harmony, The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jonas Brothers, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Hanson, among many others.
Proceeds from Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day benefit the USTA Foundation, which helps fund the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network (NJTL), a nationwide group of more than 600 nonprofit youth-development organizations that provide free or low-cost tennis, education and life-skills programming to more than 325,000 children each year. NJTL was founded 46 years ago by Arthur Ashe, along with Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit arthurashekidsday.com