2015 National Ashe Essay Contest Winners in New York for Arthur Ashe Kids Day including AYTEF's Camille Quick (6th from the left)
Arthur Ashe Essay Contest Winners Recognized at US Open
By Ashley Marshall, USTAFoundation.com
Young tennis players from across America were honored at the US Open after winning a competition that highlighted local National Junior Tennis and Learning heroes in their community.
A group of 10 students ages 9 and 18 were honored as the recipients of the 2015 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest awards. As part of their award, the honorees got to watch the 2015 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day celebration as VIP guests in the President’s Box inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. They also received an honorary plaque at a celebration luncheon hosted by USTA Foundation Chairman and former world No. 4 James Blake and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins.
The Foundation, the charitable arm of the USTA, invited NJTL participants to write an essay about a leader in their community who shared the same vision of NJTL co-founder Charlie Pasarell. Pasarell, along with Arthur Ashe and Sheridan Snyder, founded NJTL in 1969 to develop a program that would have a positive impact on under-resourced children by introducing them to tennis, keeping them off the streets and encouraging them to stay in school.