Tennis Champion Arthur Ashe Still Inspires Kids

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On August 28, 2010, the U.S. Open will begin with Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, established in memory of tennis champion and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The first book for children about Ashe will be released this fall, bringing his achievements into focus for a new generation.

Game, Set, Match, Champion Arthur Ashe

[Ashe] had a vast impact not only on sports, but on the way people treat one another.

On August 28, 2010, the U.S. Open will begin with Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, an annual celebration in memory of Arthur Ashe, tennis champion and humanitarian. Forty-two years after Arthur Ashe became the first African American to win the U.S. Open and seventeen years after his death from AIDS-related pneumonia, Ashe continues to inspire children to excel and to fight for their beliefs. The first book for children about Ashe will be released this fall from LEE & LOW BOOKS, bringing his life and achievements into focus for a new generation.

Game, Set, Match, Champion Arthur Ashe (ISBN 978-1-60060-366-2, $19.95, 48 pages), written by Crystal Hubbard and illustrated by Kevin Belford, shares the story of Ashe’s struggle in the face of discrimination and racism, encouraging children to work hard in pursuit of their dreams. It also presents a holistic view of an early AIDS sufferer and activist, helping young readers to put the HIV/AIDS epidemic in perspective and to view HIV positive individuals as people, not statistics.

“Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. is remembered as a champion, a man who became a citizen of the world and who had a vast impact not only on sports, but on the way people treat one another,” says author Crystal Hubbard.

Hubbard herself was inspired by Ashe, whom she met twice as a young girl. She remembers him as “a man who had conquered a sport typically closed to people of color, who had walked with dignitaries and seen the world, [but who] remembered a little girl with pigtails who didn’t like to play tennis.” Game, Set, Match, Champion Arthur Ashe gives a human face to a great sports hero and pioneer. To learn more about this book, please visit the Lee & Low Web Site.

About: Author Crystal Hubbard has written several picture book biographies of African American sports heroes. Kevin Belford is an illustrator and fine artist.

About The Company: LEE & LOW BOOKS is an independent children’s publisher focusing on diversity. It is the company’s mission to meet the need for stories that all children can identify with and enjoy.

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