WTA Rallies Behind Arthur Ashe Charity
Published September 04, 2012 11:01
NEW YORK, NY, USA - Despite three Grand Slam titles and a whole host of other accolades during his 11-year career, it is perhaps Arthur Ashe's achievements after hanging up his racquets which truly defined him.
Ashe's tireless efforts to raise awareness about the Civil Rights Movement and in the latter years of his life AIDS have left a lasting legacy, inspiring countless others to rally behind these causes.
His work for the latter led to the establishment of the Arthur Ashe Endowment for the Defeat of AIDS, which over the past two decades has helped support New York's Weill Cornell Medical College to provide education, training and carry out clinical trials on the disease.
Since its launch, the WTA and the rest of the tennis community has helped the Arthur Ashe Endowment for the Defeat of AIDS to raise in excess of $1.5 million.
This year, the WTA is once again offering its full support to the cause both at its booth at the US Open and through an online auction of tennis memorabilia and merchandise signed by some of its leading players, including Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska.
To bid for any of the signed caps, t-shirts, tennis balls and other memorabilia, or to offer your support with a donation please go to the Arthur Ashe Endowment for the Defeat of AIDS's website or visit the on-site booth at the US Open.
The Arthur Ashe Endowment for the Defeat of AIDS was established in 1995 within the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and focuses on the areas which Arthur Ashe thought were most important - AIDS education and awareness and clinical training. Through the Endowment's centerpiece effort, the International Healthcare Worker Training Program, more than 100 physicians and nurses from nearly 40 countries have been brought to New York and returned home to continue their AIDS work.