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The Legacy of Arthur Ashe: 50 Years Later

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$31,399.00 Raised
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Just 11 days left to give to the 2019 Ashe Legacy Campaign!

August 28, 2019

Thank you for supporting the 2018 Ashe Legacy at UCLA! 

 

The 2019 US Open is well under way, and UCLA staff and alumni volunteers will be operating the Arthur Ashe Legacy booth for the duration of the tournament. They are sharing about your generosity, educating fans on the life and accomplishments of Arthur Ashe, and selling merchandise with proceeds supporting the Arthur Ashe Legacy fund at UCLA. 

 

This year, we seek 100 donors to give a gift of ANY SIZE in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Junior Tennis League, co-founded by Arthur Ashe. To make a donation, please visit the new site at spark.ucla.edu/ashe before time runs out! Donors who give $50 or more through the Spark site will get an limited edition, tax-deductible gift. 

 

 

Thank you again! 

Thank You and Exclusive Invitation

September 27, 2018

After an incredible 50th anniversary celebration at the 2018 U.S. Open in New York, the UCLA Arthur Ashe Legacy continues to commemorate this special milestone year with special events on campus. As part of its mission to ensure the values Ashe embodied inspire new generations, the Ashe Legacy is proud to host Raymond Arsenault, Ashe biographer and author of Arthur Ashe: A Life, for a book signing and discussion on Wednesday, October 3 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the UCLA Faculty Center.

 

Released during the 50th anniversary of Ashe’s historic U.S. Open win, Arthur Ashe: A Life chronicles Ashe’s journey from a talented juniors player and top-ranked player at UCLA through his evolution as a humanitarian and activist.

 

If you would like to join other supporters of the Ashe Legacy at the book signing or have questions, please contact Hayley Roberts at hroberts@support.ucla.edu or 310-794-5650.

Tennis Community Remembers a Legend

September 05, 2018

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: YOU DID IT AGAIN. We're currently counting 70 donors, surpassing our original goal of 50 donors AND our secondary goal of 68 donors! Don't stop now; every gift to the Arthur Ashe Legacy Campaign helps preserve Ashe's legacy and educate future generations of change-makers. 

With one week left at the 2018 US Open, spectators, UCLA alumni and members of the tennis community alike are keeping the memory of champion Arthur Ashe ’66 alive in honor of the 50th anniversary of his historic win.

 

The Washington Post recently published an article reflecting on Ashe’s legacy as the first winner of the men’s singles title, the first African American to win a title at the US Open, and a humanitarian who advocated for equity and social justice. The article also gave a shout out to the Arthur Ashe Legacy booth, run by UCLA volunteers, and its signature T-shirts with Ashe’s face that spectators have been wearing throughout the tournament.

 

All proceeds from merchandise sold at the US Open booth support UCLA’s Arthur Ashe Legacy Fund. Arthur Ashe's brother Johnnie Ashe, UCLA Dean and Senior Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Pat Turner, Arthur Ashe’s longtime friend and teammate Charlie Pasarell along with hundreds of fans take time to visit the booth each year.

 

Below, visitors and volunteers enjoy their time at the booth. 

 

New Stretch Goal in honor of the September 8, 1968 Ashe US Open Win

September 02, 2018

YOU DID IT! You helped us meet our goal of 50 gifts in honor of the 50th anniversary of Arthur Ashe's US Open win!

 

Thanks to your generosity, the UCLA Arthur Ashe Legacy will be able to move forward with plans, including establishing a physical and digital exhibit on the life and accomplishments of Arthur Ashe. 

 

September 8th, 2018 marks 50 years since Arthur's win. Because there is still a week left in the US Open, and we know that there are other fans who will want to support our efforts after learning about Arthur Ashe, we're excited to announce a NEW stretch goal of 68 participants in honor of the '68 win.

 

UCLA is proud to count Arthur Ashe among our alumni, and  we're even prouder to see the entire international tennis community celebrating Arthur Ashe this year! Here are just a few of the recent articles about Arthur: 

The Wall Street Journal: The Win That Changed the Tennis World

ESPN: Cliff Drysdale and Chris Evert remember Arthur Ashe 

The New Yorker: What Johnnie Ashe Did for His Brother Arthur, Fifty Years Ago

 

Join in on the action by continuing to share our campaign link (spark.ucla.edu/ArthurAshe) and adding your story about how Arthur Ashe has inspired you by using #ArthurAsheLegacy.

You, Volunteers and #ArthurAsheLegacy

August 29, 2018

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Because of you and 30 other donors, we're already 60% towards our #ArthurAsheLegacy campaign goal!

 

Thank you for supporting the #ArthurAsheLegacy!

 

UCLA staff and alumni volunteers are on-site at the US Open and will be operating the Arthur Ashe Legacy booth for the duration of the tournament. They are sharing about your generosity, educating fans on the life and accomplishments of Arthur Ashe, and selling merchandise with proceeds supporting the Arthur Ashe Legacy fund at UCLA. 

 

It's all coming together thanks to your generosity in honor of the 50th anniversary of Ashe’s win, and we can't wait to share more updates with you about our progress and the projects you’re supporting. 

 

If you haven't already, add your thoughts about how Ashe and his legacy inspires you today using the hashtag #ArthurAsheLegacy. With your help, even more tennis fans and activists will learn about Arthur and join the conversation. 

 

Thank you again! 

 

 

Our way
of Thanking You

$10.50

Deuce

Arthur Ashe graduated UCLA class of 1966 majoring in business administration. Your gift helps to keep his legacy alive at UCLA and around the world!

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$20.50

Sweet Spot

Confirming his great love of UCLA, Arthur made a first gift to his alma mater in 1973. Your donation today picks up where Arthur Ashe left off in his mission to make education open and available to all.

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$50

Hero's Journey (Visor)

On June 20, 1993, Ashe was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the United States President Bill Clinton. Your gift helps educate the next generation of Bruins on his legacy. As a thank you for your gift, you'll receive a limited-edition Arthur Ashe Legacy visor. (a tax deductible gift of $45.15)

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$50

Icy Elegance (Cooling Towel)

Ashe famously kept his cool on the court no matter how tough the competition. Your donation today helps instill Ashe's values of etiquette and composure onto future generations. As a way of thanking you for your gift, you'll receive an Arthur Ashe Legacy cooling towel. (a tax deductible gift of $41.40)

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$50

Grand Slam (Stadium Tote)

Ashe won 3 Grand Slam singles titles (US Open 1968, Australian Open 1970 & Wimbledon 1975). Your gift will help to inspire others to celebrate his life and accomplishments. As a way of thanking you for your gifts, you'll receive an Arthur Ashe Legacy clear tote that's perfect for trips to a stadium. (a tax deductible gift of $46.40)

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$50

Celebration (Polo)

"Advantage Ashe" his autobiography was written in 1967. Your gift builds on his legacy. As a way of thanking you, you will receive a limited edition Arthur Ashe Legacy Hanes Cool Dri Polo Shirt. (a tax deductible gift of $45)

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$150

Love (Le Coq Sportif Shirt)

Arthur won 51 professional tennis tournaments. In celebration of your dedication to preserving Ashe's legacy, you'll receive a Le Coq Sportif T-Shirt designed exclusively for the 50th Anniversary of his US Open win. This shirt will only be available during the 2018 US Open. (a tax deductible donation of $147)

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$250

Ace

In 1985, Arthur was inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame. Your gift goes a long way in establishing a permanent home for Ashe's legacy at UCLA. (fully tax deductible)

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$550

Founder Forever

In 1972, Ashe helped found the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), the organization that unionized the professional tour and protected the interests of its players. Like Arthur, your founding gift to The Arthur Ashe Legacy project at UCLA will help be used to make tennis and education equitable.

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