Arthur Ashe Jr. By Bryce Dalmacio

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.

During his childhood, Arthur Ashe Jr. was faced with the racial tensions and segregation that divided African Americans and Whites
Nelson Mandela and Arthur Ashe both wanted to end segregation and raise awareness to their cause
Arthur ashe would participate in a tennis match that is located in South Africa where apartheid was still active. he only wanted to play in order to partner with nelson Mandela and put a stop to such a cruel punishment against african-americans.
In 1983 Arthur went through a second bypass surgery. After the operation, in order to accelerate his recovery, he received a blood transfusion. It was this transfusion that resulted in him contracting human immunodeficiency virus or HIV.
Also in 1983, along with Harry Belafonte, he founded Artists and Athletes Against Apartheid, which worked toward raising awareness of Apartheid policies and lobbying for sanctions and embargoes against the South African government.
Two months before his death he founded the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, to help address issues of inadequate health care delivery to urban minority populations. In honor of Arthur Ashe's continuous dedication to the sport he loved and the many programs he joined they made a statue.

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.

Overall, Arthur Ashe played many leadership roles as he had a big impact on the children. He was a conscious leader and a humanitarian and many people will never forget his skill at tennis as well as breaking barriers and working effortlessly to end Apartheid and Segregation.

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