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Arthur Ashe Essay Winner

November 3, 2006 05:32 PM
Avriel Taylor SC AAKD Essay Winner

USTA South Carolina wishes to add our congratulations to Avriel Taylor (on the right), this year's South Carolina winner of the Arthur Ashe Kid's Day essay contest. Avriel joined other winners from across the country on a trip to New York. The winners all received a travel package that included: round-trip coach airfare to New York City for themselves and a parent/legal guardian; two nights at the New York Grand Hyatt Hotel; an honorary plaque; lunch with the 106th Mayor of New York City and USTA Board Member David Dinkins; and two tickets to a New York Mets baseball game vs. the Philadelphia Phillies, Broadway’s “Disney’s Tarzan,” a boat tour around Manhattan, and the 2006 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is the official kickoff for the US Open. This year's event included a demonstration match feature Andy Roddick playing Andre Aggasi with Ellen Degeneres officiating. The match was not always serious, with the Umpire occasionally interrupting the match for a quick hug from the players.
“All of the young people who participated in this essay contest have helped extend the legacy and vision of Arthur Ashe,” said Barry Ford, Director, Outreach and Advocacy, USTA. To enter, children, 18 or younger, had to write an essay in 300 words or less on “Why is Arthur Ashe a legend?” A USTA sub-committee selected the winning essays based on knowledge of Arthur Ashe, message clarity, and writing style.

Arthur Ashe Kids Group

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