In his childhood, Arthur Ashe was faced with discrimination and racism. As a way to break barriers he would have to play in white majority tennis tournaments.
Arthur Ashe would attend UCLA and played tennis throughout all four years. In 1968 he created a tennis program for U.S. inner cities so children are involved in sports.
Following school Arthur served his country, joining the U.S. Army from 1966-68. During his time in the army he continued to play tennis, participating in the Davis Cup and other tournaments.
Arthur Ashe would become involved in a lot of programs many of them focusing on youths, minorities, education, tennis, or some intersection thereof. For Arthur, however, the tennis programs he was involved with were not oriented toward producing professional athletes but instead used tennis as a vehicle for teaching life skills.
Arthur Ashe was a role model to so many people and therefore created a stadium in 1997 in his name to resemble his effortless work.
In the ESPYS which is a sports based award ceremony created the Arthur Ashe courage award due to the fact that he was faced with a lot of discrimination during his tennis career.