Arthur Ashe Learning Center - New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St. - 718-699-0005
Flushing Meadows, Queens, NY
Description: A new interactive exhibition about tennis legend Arthur Ashe will open at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on August 24. Presented in collaboration with the Arthur Ashe Learning Center (AALC), the AALC Inspirational Tour will be open through September 9, the 45th anniversary of Ashe's victory at the inaugural U.S. Open in 1968. General admission to NYSCI is free during the run of the Inspirational Tour thanks to generous support from the AALC. Arthur Ashe won three Grand Slam singles titles during his career. In addition to the U.S. Open, he won the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975. After retiring from competition in 1980, Ashe became a commentator for ABC Sports, a writer for Time and other publications, and continued his activism against South African Apartheid. As captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, Ashe led a team of American greats like John McEnroe, Peter Fleming and Jimmy Connors to Davis Cup championships in 1981 and 1982. In 1981 he also served as national chairman of the American Heart Association. In 1983, Ashe contracted HIV from a blood transfusion following a coronary bypass surgery, but this did not become evident until he was diagnosed with the AIDS virus in 1988. He continued his activism in South Africa and at home in the U.S. until his death in 1993. The AALC Inspirational Tour uses touchscreens, motion paintings, augmented reality, and health and wellness challenges to provide insight into subjects of great significance in Ashe's life, including sports, tennis, education, health and public service. Exhibit components include: Virtual Motion Paintings – Three photographs of Arthur Ashe that "talk" to visitors as they approach. Arthur Ashe Timeline – A touchscreen timeline of some of the highlights of Arthur Ashe's life set in the context of world events. Interactive Tennis Challenge – Participants answer tennis-related trivia while playing an action-packed touch-screen tennis match. Arthur and Me – Visitors use an interactive kiosk to to create a photo of themselves with Arthur Ashe. Healthy Living Challenge – Guests join Arthur Ashe for some challenging, interactive and fun exercises while learning about health and wellness. Monster Board Heart Challenge – Using a touchscreen, multiple visitors can learn about their heart so they too can become health advocates. Tree of Service – As visitors interact with a screen image of a tree, they enter their name and answer personal questions as they learn about Arthur Ashe's life of service. The Inspirational Tour exhibition will close on September 9 with a special reception hosted by the AALC. Tickets for the reception can be purchased in advance at www.ArthurAshe.org. During the AALC Inspirational Tour, NYSCI will be open to the general public from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.