US OPEN 2012
Get Player Memorabilia, Support Arthur Ashe Endowment AIDS Fight
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Fans following the US Open have two ways to get signed player memorabilia while helping the Arthur Ashe Endowment for the Defeat of AIDS. Fans attending the tournament at Flushing Meadows can stop by the Endowment booth, while those at home can bid online for memorabilia.
This year, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro, John Isner, Juan Monaco and many others have signed memorabilia to support the online auction. Money raised will allow the Endowment to continue its AIDS work in the areas that Ashe thought were most important: education and awareness, clinical trials and training.
Ashe was a three-time Grand Slam singles champion who won the US Open in 1968, renowned athlete, educator, humanitarian and role model. The 2012 US Open is the 21st year of the ongoing effort in the fight against AIDS initiated by Ashe. During that time, support from ATP players has helped raise more than $1.5 million on site at the US Open.
Former player Leslie Allen, who works for the Endowment, said: “Tennis is a global sport and AIDS is a global disease. In Arthur's role as a citizen of the world, he saw the need to extend our resources to any country in need. Thus, at the Arthur Ashe Endowment, our centerpiece program is also global -- the International Healthcare Worker Training Program. We have now brought more than 100 physicians and nurses who do AIDS work in their home countries to Weill-Cornell for clinical training in the management of HIV infection and AIDS. These individuals have hailed from nearly 40 different countries, particularly in Africa and Asia, regions where such training is hard to come by.
“The Arthur Ashe Endowment could not continue its good and successful efforts in Arthur's name without the support of the ATP and the entire tennis community.”
Visit www.ArthurAsheAIDSEndowment.org to bid online for signed player memorabilia