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Southern Essay Contest Winners Attend Arthur Ashe Kid's Day

August 30, 2006 01:33 PM

Eight talented Southern juniors visited the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center on Saturday to participate in the 2006 Arthur Ashe Kid's Day. Participants were chosen from each state based on essays written for the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. The youngsters and their parents were treated to a weekend in New York City which included participation in Arthur Ashe Kid's Day, US Open first round matches, and a sightseeing tour of the Big Apple.

Carnival-inspired games and activities, contests, celebrity sightings and live performances were only a few of the highlights of the official kickoff of the 2006 US Open. Perhaps the biggest attraction of the day was the stadium show held from 2-4 p.m. in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Hosted by MTV VJ Quddus and TV personality Daisy Fuentes, 1,800-plus attendees enjoyed the sounds of Columbia recording artist, Teddy Geiger, and Epic Records’ new star, Cheyenne Kimball, as well as The Cheetah Girls. And the magic word of the event was Ne-Yo, who gave the audience an exclusive listen to his sound check.

After the performances, Ellen DeGeneres, donned in tennis gear, participated in the Skills Challenge in Arthur Ashe Stadiumalong with tennis stars Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Serena Williams. Afterwards, she sat in the umpire chair and refereed a game between Roddick and Agassi while she munched on a platter of sandwiches. 'American Pie' stars Jason Biggs and Shannon Elizabeth hit the courts for a mixed doubles match up with Martina Navratilova and James Blake.

 

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