Making a Difference Through the Years

This timeline is a reflection of the many years of work by the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. The financial support we were giving to the community was only providing temporary fixes to long-term problems. We needed to make a systemic change, one that would be lasting. That systemic change is the basis of our work currently in transforming public education.

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Agassi Prep Remodels to Serve Growing Student Population

Agassi Prep underwent a remodel to accommodate an increased student population from 650 students to almost 1200 students.  This enabled the school to add an additional classroom per grade.

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16th Grand Slam for Children, 2011

AAFE raised more than $26.1 million, a record amount, at the 16th Grand Slam for Children benefit concert, in conjunction with our long time partner and presenting sponsor, Longines.

Performers including Michael Bublé, Jimmy Kimmel, Martina McBride, Smokey Robinson and Train, with surprise appearances by Gladys Knight, Signature Group and comedian Jeff Ross.

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14th Grand Slam for Children presented by Genworth Financial

The evening raised nearly $8 million and announced a $7.5 million pledge from the Engelstad Family Foundation to kick off the Engelstad Family Sponsor Our Students Campaign. Entertainers included Lionel Richie, Tim McGraw, Dane Cook, Daughtry, Brian McKnight, Macy Gray, and many others with the musical direction of David Foster.

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Sustainable Solar Energy

With the assistance of the Nevada federal delegation, AAFE begins a renewable energy initiative with the installation of a new, solar energy system at Agassi Prep. Kids are inspired, spirits are up and energy bills are down.

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Legislative Victories

AAFE’s state policy initiatives result in the passage of 3 bills: SB 391 allows Agassi Prep to further its mission of serving underserved youth; AB 393 allows employees to enroll their children at Agassi Prep and a seamless transition for children enrolled in an affiliated Pre-K program; and AB 488 gives it additional flexibility to hire “critical need” positions.

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What’s in a Name?

With an ever greater focus on education, the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation changes its name to the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and launches a new mission, logo and website.

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Andre honored at the US Open

The Opening Night Ceremony for the 2009 US Open celebrates athletes who give back, featuring Andre Agassi as well as Doug Flutie, Mia Hamm and David Robinson. The evening highlights the AAFE’s efforts in education, including Agassi Prep. The ceremony is broadcast live on ESPN2.

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Agassi Prep deemed “High Achieving”

Agassi Prep’s elementary, middle and high schools all receive ”High Achieving” designations from the State of Nevada Dept. of Education. “High Achieving” means a school has exceeded expectations for performance and/or significantly reduced the percentage of non-proficient students.

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Agassi Prep Graduates First Senior Class

Agassi Prep graduates its first class on June 12, 2009 with a 100% college acceptance rate. The festivities conclude with a ceremony symbolic of the graduates entering the future. The seniors cross a bridge specifically designed for this event and are pronounced the Class of 2009.

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Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars recognizes Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf for their commitment to public discourse, scholarship and promoting education in the United States and around the world.

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Trans-Atlantic Cultural Exchange

25 Agassi Prep seniors travel to France for a 10-day senior trip, sponsored by a Foundation donor. The itinerary includes sightseeing and historical tours, museum visits and more.

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Assistance League Recognizes Agassi Foundation

The Assistance League of Las Vegas recognizes the AAFE for its contributions to “Operation School Bell” over a decade and a half. Operation School Bell provides new clothes and shoes to children in need.

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Andre Agassi Receives Honorary Doctorate from UNLV

UNLV and the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents recognizes Andre Agassi for his enduring philanthropic work with children and the impact Agassi Prep is making on students and the community.

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Renewed Focus on Education

AAFE hones its mission of transforming education in two ways. Agassi Prep strives to provide a first-class K-12 education. Through advocacy, the AAFE drives investment and develops policies that promote accountability in public education.

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Nevada Charter Law Ranked 22

The Center for Education Reform improves its ranking of Nevada Charter Law from 27th in the nation to 22nd. After the 2007 legislative session, Nevada improves its overall ranking which encourages new charters to open and increases educational opportunities for children.

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Athletic Success

Former Team Agassi Member Asia Muhammad, who turned professional, reaches the finals of the Tennis Channel Open.

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Boney Continues to Excel

Just three weeks into her first collegiate spring season, former Team Agassi Member Candynce Boney is named “Atlantic 10 Player” and “Rookie of the Week” for the second week in a row and is also named “Player of the Week” by the Atlantic 10 Conference.

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Nevada adds a Qualified Charter Sponsor

Nevada System of Higher Education is authorized as a charter sponsor. This increases the number of entities given authority to sponsor charter schools in the state, making the expansion of charter schools possible.

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“Exemplary” Agassi Prep Elementary School

Agassi Prep’s elementary school receives an “Exemplary” designation from the State of Nevada Department of Education.

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Team Agassi Continues to Excel

Two graduates of Team Agassi, Candynce Boney and Tamilia Hicks, receive college scholarships to University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Virginia State University, respectively, based on their dedication to, and success in, tennis and academics.

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Agassi Prep’s K-12 Campus is Complete

Construction on the award-winning Agassi Prep campus, which houses a kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school, is complete.

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Andre Agassi Helps Establish Athletes for Hope

Andre Agassi joins Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning and Cal Ripken, Jr. as a founder of “Athletes for Hope,” which empowers the sports community to engage in philanthropy.

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“Boys Hope” Realized

With AAFE support, four Boys Hope alumni pursue undergraduate and advanced degrees. Boys Hope is a non-profit organization that provides a family-like home and education environment for young boys who may otherwise be homeless or living in a shelter.

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Nevada Charter Law Ranked 27

The Center for Education Reform, a non-profit dedicated to improving education through policy reform ranks Nevada Charter Law 27th in the nation. By driving policy reform and strengthening charter law, AAFE is able to provide greater educational opportunities for all Nevada children.

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Asia Muhammad Goes Pro

Asia Muhammad, a member of Team Agassi, represents the United States in the World Junior Tennis finals and makes it to the qualifying round of her first professional tournament.

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“Two Mile Radius” Approved

The Nevada Legislature passes and the Governor signs into law, AB 162, which enables Agassi Prep to give preference in enrollment to students who live within a two-mile radius of the school. This allows Agassi Prep to intensify its focus on the needs of the surrounding community.

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Kindergarten Opens at Agassi Prep

Agassi Prep opens its Gilmour Kindergarten Wing, which is recognized in 2006 by Southwest Contractor Magazine as the “Best K-12 Project.”

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Agassi Prep Makes the Grade

The Agassi Prep Middle School receives an “Exemplary” designation from the State of Nevada Department of Education. It is the only middle school in Clark County to receive this high honor.

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The 10th Annual Grand Slam for Children

The event features performances by Barbra Streisand, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Usher, Glenn Frey, Duran Duran, Earth, Wind & Fire, Robin Williams and George Lopez, and raises more than $10M. Proceeds directly support the academic and social development of children in Las Vegas.

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The Foundation Turns 10

AAFE celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a reception for donors, volunteers and community partners at Agassi Prep. In honor of Ty Warner’s gift in 2003, the middle school is named in his honor and unveiled at this event.

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A New Tennis Court for the Boys & Girls Club

AAFE builds a third tennis court at the Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club and funds additional capital improvements to the facility.

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Team Agassi Player Receives Howard University Scholarship

Jasmine Smith, a member of Team Agassi, receives a full scholarship to Howard University, based on her tennis abilities and great academic promise. Ms. Smith goes on to graduate from Howard’s School of Allied Health Sciences.

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President Clinton Visits Agassi Prep

President Clinton visits a sixth grade class at Agassi Prep and shares words of advice: “Education is vital to your success and will help you prepare for the future.”

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Scholarship Fund Renamed

AAFE’s scholarship fund established at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is renamed “The Cynthia Bunker and Joy McClenahan Memorial Scholarship Fund” to honor the memory of a friend and a longtime volunteer. The fund supports students in the College of Fine Arts.

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The 8th Annual Grand Slam for Children

At the eighth Grand Slam for Children, the Foundation raises a record-breaking $12.6 million, which includes a $6.3 million matching donation by Ty Warner of the Ty Corporation. Proceeds directly support Agassi Prep and other programs to improve the lives of children in Las Vegas.

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Middle School Building Opens at Agassi Prep

Agassi Prep opens its Middle School, welcoming sixth graders and eventually serving seventh and eighth graders. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes Agassi Prep as a National Model Charter School.

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The “Building a Stronger Tomorrow” Campaign

AAFE makes a donation to the YMCA of Southern Nevada for its “Building a Stronger Tomorrow” campaign to renovate the 24-year-old Henrich YMCA.

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Team Agassi Heads to London

Six members of Team Agassi travel to London to compete in the Two Nations Challenge, a cultural exchange program between the United States Tennis Association and the Lawn Tennis Association.

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AAFE Inducted into UNLV’s Palladium Society

AAFE contributes $1million in support of scholarships at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ College of Fine and Performing Arts. With this contribution, AAFE is inducted into UNLV’s Palladium giving society.

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Agassi Cottage opens at Child Haven

AAFE expands its work with Child Haven with the opening of the “Andre Agassi Medically Fragile Cottage” for children.The Cottage provides comprehensive care for children who arrive with injuries or contagious illnesses, or who require physical and developmental care.

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Agassi Prep Opens Elementary School

Agassi Prep offers 150 elementary school students in grades three through five, an enriching academic program designed to promote character, respect, motivation and self-discipline.

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Andre Agassi Recognized as USA Weekend’s “Most Caring Athlete”

USA Weekend presents Andre Agassi with its 2001 “Most Caring Athlete Award” in recognition of his devotion to helping others.

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Agassi Prep Breaks Ground

Construction begins on the Agassi Prep campus, which will eventually house kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school facilities and serve more than 600 students in West Las Vegas.

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Teen Center Opens

AAFE opens the Teen Center at Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club to give local youth a safe place to go after-school, as well as resources such as a computer lab and resume workshops.

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Education becomes our primary focus

Driven by Andre Agassi’s belief that education is the key to opportunity for children, AAFE begins designs for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a public charter school that strives to provide a first–class K-12 education to prepare them for excellence in college and beyond.

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AAFE Serves up Team Agassi

AAFE creates Team Agassi, an elite tennis program at the Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club, with an emphasis on education. Team Agassi provides youth with the skills and resources required to obtain scholarships for college. The team of seven- to 17-year-olds competes nationally.

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Foundation Expands Support of Community Programs

AAFE supports new programs to improve the lives of underserved children. Beneficiaries include Las Vegas Inner-City Games, Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp, I Have a Dream Foundation, Project Youth and Boys Hope/Girls Hope of Nevada.

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All-Star Performers Rock the 4th Grand Slam

Mick Fleetwood, Amy Grant, Sir Elton John, Dennis Miller, Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, Seal and Robin Williams perform at the 4th Annual “Grand Slam for Children.” The event raises $3.2M for AAFE to expand its support of community programs that help underserved children.

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Education is Added to our Focus

The Foundation commits funding to build to Agassi Center for Education at Child Haven, Clark County’s Child Protective Services. This will give children in protective custody the ability to continue their studies while at Child Haven.

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AAFE Opens the “Agassi Center for Education” at Child Haven

AAFE creates Agassi Center for Education at Child Haven, Nevada’s only public shelter for abused and neglected children. The Agassi Center for Education offers classes to children under protective custody and helps them keep up with their schoolwork.

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Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club Opens

AAFE opens the Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club in West Las Vegas. The new 25,000 square-foot facility includes two tennis courts, a basketball court, a computer lab, and a library. Colin Powell congratulates the Andre Agassi Club for being the nation’s 2,000th Boys & Girls Club.

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AAFE Extends its Reach

AAFE provides support to the Nevada Tennis Association’s “Project Serve” program, Assistance League of Las Vegas’ “Operation School Bell” program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas and Class! Publications.

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Andre Hosts the First Annual “Grand Slam for Children”

The inaugural “Grand Slam for Children” brings together a star-studded lineup, including Sir Elton John, Oleta Adams, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Robin Williams and Wynonna, to raise $1.8M for AAFE. Proceeds support community programs that help underserved children.

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The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation Launches

Andre Agassi establishes the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation (AACF) to improve the lives of children, with an initial focus on educational, recreational and social service programs.

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