DALLAS, Nov 20, 2010 / — Tuesday at Tyson’s Corner in McLean, Virginia, tennis great and Longines brand ambassador Andre Agassi made a personal appearance at Fink’s Jewelers and spoke to children from the USTA Mid/Atlantic and fans about his views on education in America.
And while he discussed the Longines Elegance Scholarship Fund, Andre Agassi also talked about his school – The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy- and the work of his foundation- the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education.
The foundation has raised $150 million for education initiatives since it’s founding in 1994. Mr. Agassi was accompanied by a graduating senior- Micah Jones from his Nevada-based preparatory academy.
During the day, Longines set up a smash court in-store where the tennis legend fulfilled dreams by hitting a few balls with the children from the USTA Mid/Atlantic.
For a donation of $5 to Mr. Agassi’s foundation, attendees at the event were allowed to test the speed of their serve. The fastest men’s and women’s serve during the event received a Longines timepiece.
Marc Fink announced during the event that Fink’s Jewelers would donate 10% of the sales of a Longines timepiece for the month of November and December to Mr. Agassi’s Foundation.
“We are honored to host Andre Agassi for this Longines event at Fink’s Jewelers,” says Mr. Fink, owner of Fink’s Jewelers and grandson of company founder Nathan Fink. “Fink’s has given back to each of the communities in which we serve since we first opened our doors in 1930, and the unprecedented work that Mr. Agassi and his foundation have done in communities across the nation is truly inspiring. We are thrilled to do our part.”
Later that evening, Longines hosted an exclusive VIP dinner at Fink’s Jewelers where education was the main topic of discussion.
“Longines is proud to support the philanthropic efforts of Andre Agassi and his Foundation for Education. Mr. Agassi is committed to education for children and giving back to communities. He truly personifies the brand’s tagline Elegance Is An Attitude,” says Jennifer Judkins, Longines US Brand President.
Photos courtesy of Longines