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The Legacy of Arthur Ashe: 50 Years Later

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The Legacy of Arthur Ashe: 50 Years Later

About Our Campaign

Arthur Ashe, the barrier-breaking tennis champion and human rights activist, is one of UCLA’s most accomplished alumni. Last fall, the Arthur Ashe Learning Center entrusted UCLA to raise awareness of Ashe’s legacy. Now, UCLA needs your help in promoting Arthur’s values of service, scholarship, and sportsmanship to new generations of Bruins and members of the community.

In recognition of the 50 years since Ashe’s US Open championship victory, we are seeking at least 50 individuals to join us in preserving and documenting Ashe’s legacy by making a donation of any size. If this goal is achieved, $25,000 will be donated to the Arthur Ashe Legacy Fund at UCLA.


Preserving the Legacy of Arthur Ashe 

Using pre-existing funding and new gifts from donors like you, UCLA will establish a permanent home for the Arthur Ashe legacy. Below are some examples of how your gift can impact this important work.

Examples of Costs related to Preserving the Legacy of Arthur Ashe at UCLA

Donations of all sizes are needed and welcomed. Your gift will be used to create physical and digital exhibitions of Ashe’s humanitarian and athletic accomplishments, or to host public events in Los Angeles and around the country. Your support will help UCLA faculty and historians to develop academic events which will explore Ashe’s life and connect his ultimate legacy to the realities faced by current students and community members. 

Why Give Today?

On September 8, 1968 at the West Side Tennis Club in Queens, New York, Arthur Ashe defeated Tom Okker of the Netherlands in five sets. He made history by becoming the first African American male to win the U.S. Open men's singles title, and also the first to win the tournament in the Open Era.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ashe's accomplishment and provides an incredibly meaningful time to demonstrate your support, and gives us many opportunities to celebrate your gift.

Check out some of the exclusive perks and experiences available only to donors who support the Arthur Ashe Legacy Fund during the US Open.


For a limited time only, your gift can make a dual impact on cementing Ashe’s legacy. Not only will your donation aid UCLA in developing exhibits and lectures, but your contribution of any size will help to unlock $25,000 for the Arthur Ashe Legacy Fund. Recipients of this prestigious award exemplify Ashe’s finest characteristics, including his strong history of community service leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, and his unwavering good character.

US Open BoothVolunteers

Each year over 40 UCLA alumni and friends volunteer their time during the US Open to staff the Arthur Ashe Legacy booth. This year from August 27-September 9, the booth will provide event attendees the opportunity to purchase merchandise with all sales proceeds going to support UCLAs Arthur Ashe legacy fund. Also available at the booth are educational opportunities through stories, brochures, and historical coloring books. For many that attend the US Open this is their first exposure to the work UCLA is doing to honor and remember Arthur Ashe. Often this leads to connections, new philanthropic support and growth of the community in support of how Arthur's legacy can continue to make an impact.

A Very Brief History of Arthur Ashe 

The recipient of a fully funded tennis scholarship, Ashe captained his team to an NCAA championship and won the NCAA singles title, both in 1965. A year later, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and went on to West Point, where he reached the rank of second lieutenant in the Army. Ashe would go on to win more than 50 professional tennis titles, including three Grand Slams, and was the first African-American man to win the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.

Both during and after his playing career, Ashe worked to raise awareness for many issues, including protesting apartheid in South Africa, the U.S. policy toward Haitian refugees, and health care deficiencies in urban minority communities. He also served as spokesman for the American Heart Association. Recognizing how after-school sports could teach life lessons and improve long-term educational attainment, he helped establish multiple tennis and education programs throughout the country. He used his celebrity status to advocate for mentoring, for accountability in educational outcomes and to inform the public about AIDS.

A highly respected and sought after public intellectual, he wrote numerous essays and several books, including the acclaimed “A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African American Athlete,” in addition to teaching at Florida Memorial College. At UCLA, the Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center was named in his honor in 1997.

Our way
of Thanking You



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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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