BY KIRSTEN E. PAULSON
The 20th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, taking place on August 29 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, is set to be an exciting, star-studded time for kids and parents alike.
The event will run from 9:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. and serves as the kickoff for the 2015 U.S. Open, which will take place from August 31 to September 13. Between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., families can enjoy a wide variety of free tennis games aimed at kids, listen to live music and partake in numerous other fun activities such as face painting, storytelling and a juggling workshop.
From 1 to 3 p.m., visitors can watch tennis superstars such as recent Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic show off their skills in exhibition matches and skill competitions, as well as live musical performances by up-and-coming artists Bea Miller, Kalin and Myles, Natalie La Rose, Jacob Whitesides and American Authors.
General admission promenade tickets for the event are on sale for $10, while loge tickets cost $25.
Presented by Hess, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day helps to promote youth tennis and encourages children of all ages to develop healthy habits through fun activities. It is also a day to remember the life and legacy of Arthur Ashe, a tennis legend and humanitarian.
“It’s a historic occasion for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, as we mark two decades of bringing the best in tennis and music together on a truly special day for families,” said Gordon Smith, USTA executive director and chief operating officer. “The event also captures the spirit and vigor of Arthur Ashe and is a fantastic way of encouraging youth to be active in tennis and life, while developing healthy habits early on.”