SportsBall 2019, the 25th Annual Black Tie & Sneakers Gala benefiting the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH), took place on Wednesday, October 2nd, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
Renowned guests representing sports, philanthropy, business, entertainment, and medicine gathered to celebrate the legacy of tennis champion, activist, and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.
This year’s gala was co-hosted for the first time by Ruschell Boone, reporter and anchor for Spectrum News NY1, and Les Trent, senior correspondent for Inside Edition.
SportsBall 2019 honored Stan Smith, tennis legend and President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame; Cheryl Wills, Emmy-winning anchor for Spectrum NY1 Live at Ten, and host of In Focus with Cheryl Wills; Guy Vickers, President of the PVH Foundation; and Sydney C. Butts, MD, Vice Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. Dr. Marilyn A. Fraser, CEO of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, presided over the gala.