Last night the Richmond Tennis Association hosted the Arthur Ashe Birthday Bash from 6-8pm on the tennis courts that the late, great athlete was barred from playing on in Battery Park. (HERE is a brief piece dispelling the myth that Ashe learned to play on these courts) There were tennis lessons and games for the kids and performances for all ages. The Mary and Frances Youth Center at VCU was also represented and gave out information on their summer programs and scholarship opportunities. The celebration doubled as an unveiling of the new tunnel mural by artists from the U.N.I.T.Y. Street Project (USP), Sir James L. Thornhill, Hamilton Glass, Keith Ramsey and Michon Pittman honoring Ashe. Here’s an article from Style Weekly on the project. Emily and I unfortunately couldn’t stay for the unveiling, but local news outlets have provided everyone with some lovely photos of the event.
For more information on the life and legacy of Arthur Ashe, please check out Jessee’s pretty freakin’ great article RIGHT HERE.