At this year’s US Open, Andy Taylor was part of Arthur Ashe Kids Day as both a voice over artist and announcer. In the video above, you’ll hear Andy’s voice in bumpers for the ABC telecast, and hear his over-the-top introductions leading into the Skills Challenge.
An afternoon loaded with live performances and legends of the game, Kids Day 2017 lived up to the hype. Disney “Descendants” alum and chart-topping artist Sofia Carson co-hosted alongside singer/songwriter Alex Aiono. ABC recorded the entire show and aired a one-hour Kids Day Special on Sunday.
Andy Taylor’s role, as always, was to keep 20-thousand young fans engaged leading up to and during the taping, from red-carpet interviews to fun-filled fan interaction. He also hosted the NJTL performance challenge, where Nathan Nguyen won the chance to test his skills alongside legends Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal, and defending US Open Champion Angelique Kerber.
Performers included Jack and Jack, Why Don’t We, New Hope Club and Saving Forever. Hosts Sofia Carson and Alex Aiono also took the stage to showcase their latest releases.
At just $10 to $25 a ticket, with FREE admission to the grounds festival, Arthur Ashe Kids Day is an affordable and exciting way for families to honor the legacy of a great champion and humanitarian. It’s an exciting and kid-friendly day, gearing up for the tennis season’s final Slam in New York, and definitely worth the trip for families arriving with early session US Open tickets.
What is Arthur Ashe Kids Day? From ArthurAsheKidsDay.com:
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is the largest single-day, grassroots tennis and entertainment event in the world, with chart-topping performers, celebrities and some of the best tennis players in the game coming together to celebrate the life and values of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The event takes place the Saturday before the US Open.
Those who have performed at the Ashe Kids’ Day on their way to stardom include Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Fifth Harmony, Hunter Hayes, The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jonas Brothers, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Hanson, among many others.
A “Who’s Who?” of the tennis world has given back to the game during this fun-filled afternoon, including Andre Agassi, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Venus Williams. They’ve been joined by celebrities including Alec Baldwin, Nick Cannon, John Cena, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell Tony Hawk, Randy Jackson, Matthew Morrison, and Kenan Thompson, along with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Proceeds from Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day benefit the USTA Foundation which helps fund the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network (NJTL), a nationwide group of more than 500 nonprofit youth-development organizations that provide free or low-cost tennis, education and life-skills programming to more than 225,000 children each year, founded 47 years ago by Arthur Ashe, along with Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder.