By: Steve Webner Staff Writer for World Liberty TV
SportsBall 2018, the 24th Annual Black Tie & Sneakers Gala benefiting the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH). Renowned guests representing sports, philanthropy, business, entertainment, and medicine will gather to celebrate the legacy of tennis champion and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The SportsBall features interactive games, dinner, dancing, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and a silent auction. Each guest receives a complimentary pair of sneakers generously donated by Rack Room Shoes.
VIPS Confirmed to Attend:
Craig Melvin – News anchor on NBC News’ “TODAY” and an anchor on MSNBC, co-host of SportsBall 2018.
Lindsay Czarniak – Anchor of CNN’s Bleacher Report and former host of ESPN’s SportsCenter, co-host of SportsBall 2018.
Beverly Bond – Founder, Black Girls Rock!, women’s empowerment leader, entrepreneur, mentor, philanthropist, celebrity DJ, cultural curator, social innovator, and author, SportsBall 2018 honoree.
Mike Woods – Meteorologist and Reporter on FOX 5’s Good Day New York, SportsBall 2018 honoree and People Magazine’s “Sexiest Anchor Alive.”
Tracey E. Wilson – PHD – Professor SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health, SportsBall 2018 honoree.
Dr. Marilyn A. Fraser – CEO of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.
Isiah Whitlock Jr. – Co-star of the new hit series “The Good Cop,” acclaimed star of The Veep, The Wire, Cars 3, Chips, Survivors Remorse and Cedar Rapids.
Javier Gomez – Artist & Designer, Maison&Objet Ambassador. Featured in BVLGARI, FENDI Casa Roche-Bobois, People Magazine’s “Sexiest Artist Alive.”
Steve Lacy, Anchor Fox 5 News at 5:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. New addition.
Ines Rosales – Morning Traffic Anchor on FOX 5 New York.
Tamsen Fadal, 11-time Emmy winning Anchor, PIX 11 News. New Addition.
Kori Chamber, Anchor PIX 11 News.
Scott Stanford, Seven-time Emmy winning Lead Sports Anchor, PIX 11 News & Host, WWE. • Mr. G, Six-time Emmy winning Meteorologist, PIX 11 News.
About the SportsBall: SportsBall 2018 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.
About the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health: In 1992, Arthur Ashe established the Institute in partnership with SUNY Downstate, moved by the institution’s long history of serving immigrants and low-income Brooklyn residents, as well as its staff and faculty’s research.
The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, located in multi-ethnic Brooklyn, collaborates with community members to design, incubate, and replicate neighborhood-based interventions that address health conditions that disproportionately affect minorities.
Recognizing the complexity of the economic and social determinants of health, the Institute partners with a wide variety of grassroots and institutional organizations to provide after-school science enrichment, outreach initiatives in trusted venues, and research and advocacy. Community Health Empowerment guides and unifies all of the Institute’s work.