"I could never forgive myself if I elected to live without humane purpose, without trying to help the poor and unfortunate, without recognizing that perhaps the purest joy in life comes with trying to help others."
-- Arthur Ashe
"Tennis was forever changed the moment Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr., won the US Open in 1968. While ending a twelve-year drought for U.S. men in the nation's premier tennis tournament, Ashe, more significantly, became the first black man to win a Grand Slam event, proving to the world that tennis was indeed 'open.'
"[Nearly fifty] years later, the name Arthur Ashe lives on in the hearts and minds of those who remember him as one of the top tennis players and humanitarians in American history. His name also lives on at the USTA National Tennis Center in Arthur Ashe Stadium, one of the grandest facilities of any tournament – Grand Slam or otherwise – in the world" (http://www.usta.com/About-USTA/National-TennisCenter/Information/ashe_armstrong_stadiums/).
May the work ethic and grit Arthur Ashe embodied ignite (or re-ignite) the intellect and passion of ALL students embarking upon a new school year. If you're interested, to learn more, follow this link to read an article commemorating Ashe's winning Wimbledon four decades ago (July 1975):