Last night, the 23rd Annual Black Tie & Sneakers Gala benefiting the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health held their annual SportsBall at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The SportsBall 2017 honored Award-winning journalist, speaker, and author Soledad O’Brien. In addition, other honorees from last night were Robert Gore, MD – ER Physician, SUNY Downstate Department of Emergency Medicine, Mary Bassett, MD – Commissioner, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and Kathy Hirata Chin – Esquire, Senior Counsel, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LL.
The renowned guests who attended represent sports, philanthropy, business, entertainment, and medicine will gather to celebrate the legacy of tennis champion and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The SportsBall featured interactive games, dinner, dancing, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and a silent auction. Each guest received a complimentary pair of Adidas sneakers generously donated by Rack Room Shoes and Adidas. The funds raised last night support the Institute’s innovative community health education programs and research initiatives.
SportsBall 2017 is a celebration with a purpose. Each year, the Institute honors individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to urban communities in the areas of health, education, medical research, community service, and philanthropy. The funds raised at SportsBall support the Institute’s innovative community health education programs and research initiatives. Arthur Ashe founded the Institute in 1992, just two months before his death from AIDS, in response to the disproportionate amount of illness and death in urban communities from preventable diseases. Arthur knew that many of these diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, were the result of inadequate health care delivery, late detection, and insufficient health education.
Here is a recap of the SportsBall 2017 Gala: