Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation is the largest single-day, grassroots tennis and entertainment event in the world, with chart-topping music acts and today’s best tennis players coming together to celebrate tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.
The day features a ticketed Stadium Show inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, as well as a free Grounds Festival at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY.
Past performers such as Flo Rida, Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Fifth Harmony, Jonas Brothers, Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys have rocked the house at AAKD.
Tennis superstars have included Venus and Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray, joined by celebrities including Ansel Elgort, Alec Baldwin, Nick Cannon, John Cena, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, along with Michelle Obama.
The free Grounds Festival offers interactive games, music and tennis activities for all ages and abilities to promote the many health benefits of tennis. The Grounds Festival also features a free concert with exciting up-and-coming talent on the Festival Stage hosted by Radio Disney.
About Arthur Ashe
Arthur Ashe was a top ranked tennis player in the 1960s and 70s. Raised in the segregated South, he remains the only African American player ever to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, the Australian Open or the US Open. He was much more than an athlete though. His commitment to social justice, health and humanitarian issues left a mark on the world as indelible as his tennis was on the court. His legacy as a conscience leader, humanitarian, educator and athlete continues to have a positive effect on our society.
To that end, in 1969 – along with fellow tennis greats Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder – Arthur co-founded the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) as a way to engage kids through the sport of tennis. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 and the USTA Foundation's flagship program since 2014, the since-renamed National Junior Tennis and Learning network is a nationwide group of more than 300 nonprofit youth development organizations that provide free or low-cost tennis programs, academic support and life-skills training to more than 180,000 children each year.
For more information on Arthur Ashe and his legacy, please visit the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at www.arthurashe.org.