WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The USTA today announced that
teen R&B sensation JoJo and dynamic singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw will join
tennis stars Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, the Bryan Brothers
and other top players to headline Arthur Ashe Kids' Day presented by Hess. The
ninth annual day-long festival of kids' tennis activities -- including
interactive games, musical entertainment, free clinics and the World
TeamTennis finals -- will take place on Saturday, August 28 at the USTA
National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hosted by
MTV VJ Quddus, Arthur Ashe Kids' Day is the official kick-off event for the
2004 US Open that runs August 30 - September 12.
Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1-866-OPEN-TIX),
http://usopen.org and at the USTA National Tennis Center box office. American
Express is the official card of Arthur Ashe Kids' Day. General admission
promenade tickets cost $10 and loge tickets are $25. Kids 12-and-under with
stadium show tickets will receive a free gift from the USTA and Hess on a
first-come, first-serve basis. Admission is free for the interactive games
and clinics which will take place on the outer courts from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Admission is also free for the US Open SmashZone presented by AOL(R) for
Broadband, a fan-interactive tennis experience, which will be open for the
first time on Arthur Ashe Kids' Day from 12-5 p.m.
Arthur Ashe Kids' Day is renowned for introducing some of music's biggest
acts including Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Jessica Simpson, 98 Degrees,
Vanessa Carlton, BBMak, Mario and Hanson.
JoJo (Da Family/Blackground/Universal artist) holds the No. 1 spot on
Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream Chart with her hit single "Leave (Get Out)" from
her self-titled debut album released last month. She became the youngest
artist to have a No.1 song on Billboard's Monitor Chart, beating the previous
record held by Britney Spears who was 16 when she went No.1. At age 13, JoJo
is the youngest artist to receive a nomination for an MTV Video Music Award in
the show's 21-year history. She garners her first award nomination in the
"Best New Artist in a Video" category for her debut video, "Leave (Get Out)."
She is also the youngest person ever to have a video on MTV's video countdown
Gavin DeGraw (J Records artist) was tapped personally by hitmaker Clive
Davis, and is now one of the hottest young artists on today's music scene.
DeGraw's debut album "Chariot," just certified Gold by the RIAA, was released
in July 2003 by J Records, introducing the world to a multi-talented
singer/songwriter. On the one year anniversary of Chariot's release, J Records
released a limited edition live acoustic re-packaging double disc CD entitled
"Chariot Stripped" on July 27 to overwhelming response. DeGraw is currently on
a sold out US tour and has made several national television appearances from
"Good Morning America" to The "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." His song, "I Don't
Wanna Be" is the theme for the hit WB series, "One Tree Hill." No stranger to
the tennis world, DeGraw performed at the 2003 US Open.
Quddus began his career at "MTV's Summer in the Keys," and co-hosting
"Total Request Live" (TRL). Currently, he is guest hosting "TRL," and hosting
his own show, "MTV SOUL." From the cover of TV Guide to one of People's
"Sexiest Men Alive," Quddus has been enlisted for the VMAs, Fashionably Loud,
and MTV's New Year's Eve.
"Arthur Ashe Kids' Day is about continuing the legacy of Arthur Ashe and
introducing children of all ages to tennis," said Pierce O'Neil, Chief
Business Officer, USTA. "Showcasing our great sport with today's hottest
music brings families together for an exhilarating, interactive experience and
kicks off the US Open in style."
Presented by Amerada Hess and produced by the USTA, Arthur Ashe Kids' Day
honors tennis legend Arthur Ashe and continues his mission of using tennis as
a means to instill in kids the values of humanitarianism, leadership and
Kids' activities include: The Hess Express Obstacle Course, Olympus Design
to Win, American Express Skills Challenge, George Foreman Drill the Grill,
NIKEGo Tennis, IBM Speed Zone, Lincoln Navigate Your Shot, AOL(R) for
Broadband/KOL Net Kids, Barilla Challenge of Champions, and USA Tennis clinics
Gates open for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 28
(rain date: August 29). The Arthur Ashe Kids' Day stadium show will take
place from 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. and be broadcast nationally by CBS on Sunday,
August 29, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. (ET).
A portion of the proceeds from Arthur Ashe Kids' Day benefit the USA
Tennis NJTL (National Junior Tennis League), which was established by Arthur
Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder in 1969. USA Tennis NJTL is a
community-driven program supported by the USTA, that significantly impacts the
lives of America's youth. USA Tennis NJTL seeks to develop the character of
young people through tennis and to emphasize the ideals and life of Arthur
Amerada Hess, headquartered in New York, is a global integrated energy
company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural
gas, as well as in refining and in marketing refined petroleum products,
natural gas, and electricity.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the
U.S. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting
event in the world. In addition, it owns the 96 Pro Circuit events throughout
the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic, and
Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 675,000
members, it invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of
tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels. For more information
on the USTA, log on to http://usta.com.
SOURCE United States Tennis Association