Celebrating a True Champion: Tennis Player Arthur Ashe

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic,” Arthur Ashe (1943–1993) once said. “It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”

The tennis champion and humanitarian was, without a doubt, a true hero—and a pioneer. The first, and only, African-American man to win a major singles tournament, Ashe was committed to social issues. He established foundations to help disenfranchised young people, to oppose apartheid in South Africa, and to fight AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion following heart surgery.

Ashe passed away on February 6, 1993, but his legacy remains. In 2005, the U.S. Postal Service honored him with a stamp that features photographer Michael O’Neill‘s striking portrait of Ashe, which had previously appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Arthur Ashe TM c/o CMG Worldwide, Indianapolis, IN

One thought on “Celebrating a True Champion: Tennis Player Arthur Ashe

  1. I enjoyed visiting arthur ashe stadium. As a tourist I was just amazed at the history of US tennis. I made a short blog of my trip there too!

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