I've been motivated by overcoming challenge and overcoming the hurdles and obstacles that face me. There still is plenty out there to get motivated by.”
About This Billboard
Every once in a while, an individual comes along with a vision - an idea born that challenges established practices. At first, the idea may be ridiculed; even fiercely resisted but eventually it is accepted by the mainstream. The man with this idea is someone perhaps you wouldn't expect.
You may know him as a former World No. 1 professional American tennis player. A winner of eight Grand Slam singles tournaments. An Olympic Gold Medalist in singles tennis. One of five male players winning all four Grand Slam singles events during his career. The only player in the open era to win every Grand Slam singles title. These are but a few of his athletic accomplishments, as you'll soon see there are more - yet of a different kind.
His name - Andre Agassi - Founder of The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, which has raised over $60 million for at-risk children in Southern Nevada. His idea - the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy (AACPA) in West Las Vegas, NV a K-12 public charter school for at-risk children - it's changing the face of how we educate our children.
Founded by Andre, and funded by a 40 million dollar contribution from The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, Agassi Prep opened in 2001 with 150 students in grades three through five. A growing student body has expanded Agassi Prep into a K-12 eight-acre campus. In 2005 Agassi Prep was the only middle school in Clark County, NV to receive an "Exemplary" designation from the Nevada Department of Education. In addition, was named a National Model Charter School by the U.S. Department of Education.
Tuition is free - the majority of students are African American selected by lottery and there's a waiting list. The Agassi Prep mission? "Providing educational and recreational opportunities to enhance the character, self-esteem and career possibilities of at-risk boys and girls." Agassi Prep gives children who don't fall into traditional "teaching guidelines" an education and the tools to develop into well-rounded adults who in turn contribute to the community.
Beyond a conventional academic curriculum, Agassi Prep inspires students to develop intangible traits such as character, respect, motivation and self-discipline, which until recently due to emphasis on analytical skills have been undervalued. Students must memorize The Academy's Code of Conduct posted inside the front door, which states, "The essence of good discipline is respect. Respect for authority and respect for others; respect for self and respect for rules. It is an attitude that begins at home, is reinforced in school and is applied throughout life."
Agassi Prep holds students, parents and teachers to a higher standard and individual accountability. Each one must sign a "Commitment to Excellence." Consequences for not upholding the Academy principles can lead to loss of certain privileges and relative to its teachers, dismissal from AACPA.
Humanity is ripe for the hallmark of a true teaching academy like Agassi Prep. Its creative methodology inspires students to a higher level of development without personal agenda. But what inspires Andre to continue this monumental mission? For Andre it's a selfless undertaking. It's a labor of love and devotion. Helping children realize their full potential and to stand on their own - is the highest reward.
Giving Back. Pass It On!
This billboard about Giving Back features Andre Agassi; professional tennis player, philanthropist.
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It's a beautiful thing...a positive life
Lori Davis, Sebring Florida,
Great way of giving back! I am not surprised why he is blessed.
This only touches the surface. Agassi has been a grand champion in Nevada for so long. His example has always been what community support means to me.
Chris Harmon, Nevada
This is amazing. Many athletes will spend all their money on mansions,cars, etc. Andre put it towards something that really matters.
I think this billboard is incredible. I think it made a huge impact on alot of peoples lives, and they will be changed forever. Its amazing how one person, can change the lives of so many people.
Kelli Smith, Indianapolis, Indiana
Great job to Andre, glad to see someone stepping up in this world, we need more people like him!!
Jake C., Indianapolis, IN
I feel like this is really helping children and adults around the world because they see that helping someone by just doing something little can go along way and really help make someones day and maybe even change their life so I would say hes doing an amazing job by helping thoses children and some parents to and the teachers contract I feel is an great idea.
Ayonna , Indianapolis, In
Giving back is a noble act and only true givers can do that and not someone who pretends to be like someone else.
Karunakar Koyyada, Hyderabad
Andre! You are a true player in life. You are a true winner, making a big difference in others life with your great attitude.
True people, genuine people and successful people make others follow their foot steps.
True followers follow you and become leaders, but fake or pretenders may act like following you but they never become successful in life.
Karunakar Koyyada, Hyderabad
I would like to go to the Olympics.
brady f, adrian,michigan
Thank you, Foundation Billboards, for all inspiring and real stories, making me (for 2 years) and others follow you.
Just like his game, in real life he's a fighter. He knows how to make maximize his chances out of a bare minimum. He's a force: determined, focused and humanistic. Hats off Andre!!!
Praveen Kumar, Hyderbad, India
He's not just a preacher (like me), he's a implementer in real life. Got to learn lots from him. Hats off to Andre.
Koyyada, Karunakar, Hyderabad, India
I enjoy the billboards.
Brittany S., White Hall, AR
He's done something really good with the money he has and he has started to change something about our system. Hopefully these changes will stick. I admire what he has done.
Troi B., Brookings, OR, USA
The transformation of Andre Agassi throughout the years has been truly remarkable. Being a fan of tennis I have watched him grow from a teenage superstar who never quite lived up to his hype, to a dedicated grand-slam winning professional, and finally to a compassionate humanitarian who has built a school that has set standards for learning that involve both child and their parents. Well done, Andre.
Jay M., Milwaukee, WI
Generally, I have very little use for professional athletes. However, Andre you rock!!!
Linda W., Klamath Falls, OR
I am blessed to see that you have given much. It is inspiring!
Henry K., Fort Worth Texas
I recently saw the "Still Serving" billboard featuring Andre Agassi at the Denver Airport (which prompted me to log on to your website) and as a former resident of Las Vegas, it reminded me of what a great example he sets!
Jan A., Sheridan, WY
Doesn't his example make you just want to change the world?
Anonymous, Farmington, UT, USA