Arthur Ashe speaks about the importance of education for kids and how tennis can teach young kids broader lessons for life, such as self-sufficiency, hard work and self-esteem.
These clips feature Arthur Ashe explaining why young people should
focus on education primarily. Sports are shown as being useful for
teaching life skills and character, but he is sure to emphasize that
there are very few people who become professional athletes, and that education is insurance for success.
Much of this discussion is centered around the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center and the curriculum's emphasis on self-sufficiency on and off the court.
Arthur Ashe | Kids Legacy Resources
Arthur Ashe Children's Program
Reaching 450 at-risk 2nd through 9th graders a year, this after school program works on tennis, academics and life skills. Every day has a prescribed amount of time for homework and one-on-one help. In addition, tennis instruction is provided on school and neighborhood tennis courts. These activities help keep kids involved in school and foster self-esteem and confidence.
Video courtesy of 60 Minutes, The Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center.
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Did You Know?
In his youth, Ashe was a frail looking child, but he loved sports. Because his father was a caretaker for Brookfield Park in Richmond Virginia, his family lived in the caretaker's house on the Park grounds. Arthur grew up with tennis courts in his backyard and because he was so small he decided to take up the game. Ronald Charity, the best local player saw Arthur trying to learn the game and began to teach him. Charity then introduced Arthur to Dr. Johnson who became Arthur's mentor and coached him through his formative years in the game.