Michelle Obama will make a grand slam appearance in Queens.
The first lady is attending the 18th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Saturday, August 24, to give a speech to encourage youngsters to get healthy and active as a part of her Let’s Move! campaign.
“We are thrilled the First Lady will be joining us at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, the largest single-day, grass-roots tennis and entertainment event in the world,” said USTA Chair Dave Haggerty. “Her message of leading a healthy lifestyle is the perfect fit for this action-packed program that celebrates the life and values of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.”
World No. 1 and reigning US Open women’s champion Serena Williams will introduce Obama, who will be joined by a star-studded list of performers and tennis royalty.
The all-star lineup includes UK band Lawson, Swedish DJ duo Cazzette, Coco Jones, Ariana Grande, and Austin Mahone. Players on stage will be world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and five-time US Open champion Roger Federer. The event, which kicks off the start of the US Open on August 26, looks to be a family-friendly event before the nation’s most prestigious tennis tournament begins.
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day schedule:
Grounds festival opens at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Free interactive games and family activities
9:30 am – 4 pm
Watch the pros practice (Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand and Court 17)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Hess Express Stage – free concert featuring CityKids, Lucki Gurlz, Kenton Duty, Trevor Jackson, Megan Nicole and Before You Exit.
Gates Open to Arthur Ashe Stadium
Stadium Show Begins – Great seats for $10 & $20
Stadium Show Concludes
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