Day 80- Andre Agassi

Having battled a drug addiction in his youth, Agassi now devotes his time and compassion to serving at-risk children.

Andre Agassi is a tennis legend. Sorry, but I really couldn’t think of a more honest, straightforward way to begin. Retired since late 2006, he won eight Grand Slam singles tournaments, and also won an Olympic gold medal in the singles category. He was a World No. 1 professional tennis player. Despite having retired, he is now back on the radar with a new book out, titled Open: An Autobiography, in which he reveals that he used methamphetamine in 1997.

In spite of the mistakes and challenges, he has come back strong and is channeling his experiences into “serving” others. In 2007, he opened a charter school in Los Angeles, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas. In 1997, he had donated money to build a six-room classroom building called the Agassi Center for Education. Also, the Andre Agassi Foundation gave $720,000 to help build the Andre Agassi Cottage for Medically Fragile Children.

Agassi also partnered with Lance Armstrong, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Muhammad Ali, and other sports greats to form Athletes for Hope.

In short, this is a good sport who has spent much of his time lending a hand to others, and not making a racket! And that’s no back-handed compliment.

I must leave you all now, of course. It’s past 11 p.m., but at least I’ll get this entry posted before midnight. Not much happened to me today, except that I went to UCF, came home, and had dinner, followed by some leftover birthday cake, coupled with some leftover birthday doldrums. I should be able to shake this off by Friday.

 

I hope you all have a good night’s sleep!

 

Laurita 🙂

 

 

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