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Andre Agassi Foundation
for Education
Agassi's commitment to education
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Founded in 1994, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education is dedicated to transforming U.S. public education for underserved youth. The Foundation drives reform by engaging in practice, policy and partnerships that provide quality education and enrichment opportunities.
Quality education opportunities
In 2001, the Foundation started a tuition free public charter school, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, aiming to provide youth in the historic West Las Vegas neighborhood with quality education to prepare for excellence in college and beyond. Since then, the K-12 charter school has graduated more than 400 students. Recognizing the chance to take the next step forward for Agassi Prep students and their families, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy became Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.

Moreover, through state and national advocacy, the Foundation also works to increase investment and accountability in public schools. The Foundation’s work began with much more general outreach to children in need before Andre Agassi had the realization that education holds the key to opportunity. Having dropped out of school after the ninth grade in order to pursue his tennis career, he recognized what he missed.

The Education Landscape
The Foundation sees a pressing need to improve public education and deliver better outcomes for U.S. students who have fallen behind compared to other countries. The Foundation favored a public charter school because of the increased flexibility and autonomy they afford communities to impact a fundamental and immediate need. The impact on students and the support network surrounding them has been extraordinary. "When children are placed in an environment where expectations are high and excellence is the standard, they don’t resent it", Andre Agassi says. They say: "It’s about time somebody believed in me."
Andre Agassi and Longines
Andre Agassi is one of the greatest tennis players ever. Nicknamed "The Kid of Las Vegas", he has won all four Grand Slam singles titles, without mentioning his victories in Davis Cup, Masters Series, and an Olympic gold medal, a unique feat. His duels with Pete Sampras, his dominant rival in tennis in the 1990s, were memorable moments in sport and have left a trace on tennis’ history. Agassi’s game was famous for its precision and its exceptional timing. He also had remarkable endurance and was extremely competitive. Agassi’s unique style, his kindness and the emotion he transmitted while playing made him a great favorite with the public. In 2006, at 36 years old, the Las Vegas player ended a career of 21 years, having won 60 singles titles. Agassi married Stefanie Graf in 2001. Since his retirement, Agassi has devoted his time to family (the couple have two children) and his charity work through the Foundation. Longines is extremely glad to count this tennis legend among its ambassadors since 2007. The Swiss watch brand is also proud to support the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and thus to take part in the charity activity of its Ambassador of Elegance.
The core beliefs of the Foundation
Every child deserves an outstanding academic experience.
Investment in resources and accountability for public schools is essential.
Teachers, administrators and parents all have a responsibility to help kids succeed.
"Work Hard. Go to College. Change the World!"
Founded in 2005, Democracy Prep Public Schools is a network of open enrollment, high-performing public charter schools based in Harlem, New York. Their mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship. A simple philosophy guides Democracy Prep staff, students, and alumni alike: Work Hard. Go to College. Change the World! In 2017, DPPS received authorization to expand its highly successful model into Clark County. Rather than build a new program from scratch, Democracy Prep entered into a partnership with the Andre Agassi College Prep Academy and has transformed the existing school into Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus (DPAC), fusing a rigorous instructional program with a full complement of arts and athletic offerings.
A visit to Las Vegas
To mark his 10-year anniversary as a Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Andre Agassi welcomed in November 2017 the Swiss watch brand as well as selected media guests to The Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus, which aims at educating responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship. Together with Adam Johnson, founding Executive Director of Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus, tennis legend Andre Agassi guided a group of journalists through the facilities and explained the programs ran in the school, which contribute to making the Democratic Prep at Agassi Campus one of the highest performing public school choices for families in Las Vegas.
Children for Tomorrow
Stefanie Graf's commitment to children
Having officially retired from the circuit in 1999, Stefanie Graf has since dedicated herself to her family and to the charitable organization she founded in 1998 in conjunction with the “Outpatient Clinic for Refugee Children and their Families”. Headquartered at the University Clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf, Children for Tomorrow proudly opened their new facility in April 2011.
To provide aid to children and families
This non-profit organization aims to provide aid to children and families who are victims of war, flight, persecution or violence. The damage is devastating: sleep disorders, nightmares, depression and other post-traumatic symptoms, all of which require highly intensive psychological treatment. The financial resources of Children for Tomorrow are dedicated to healing this psychological trauma, which is all too often disregarded. Allocation of the Foundation’s resources and the financed projects are carefully studied and selected with the help of the University Clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf.

The Foundation’s strategy
In addition to financing projects in Uganda, Eritrea and Kosovo, Children for Tomorrow provides funding for the Outpatient Clinic for Refugee Children and their Families at the University Clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf, offering psychological and psychiatric treatment to traumatized children from war stricken regions. The Foundation has established valuable partnerships with health professionals and child psychologists at hospitals and elementary schools which enable those in need to receive therapy at the clinic.
Stefanie Graf and Longines
A female tennis icon with a supremely precocious talent – she began playing tennis at the age of 4 – a court virtuoso admired for her professionalism and courage, Stefanie Graf has left an indelible mark on the history of tennis. She was a phenomenally successful player throughout her 17-year career : 902 wins, including 22 Grand Slams, an Olympic gold medal, number 1 in the WTA rankings for 377 weeks – a record unbroken to this day. Stefanie Graf is a truly iconic figure in sporting history. Stefanie Graf shares Longines’ drive for excellence, performance and elegance. Through her courage, commitment and generosity, the champion perfectly embodies the brand’s values, as illustrated by its slogan : Elegance is an attitude. The watchmaking brand is therefore proud to support the Children for Tomorrow Foundation and the work of its Ambassador of Elegance.
The Foundation's key figures (for the Hamburg facility only)
48 children are treated every day.
4704 hours of psychotherapy are provided every year.
500 hours of educational support are provided every year.
1000 hours of social support are offered every year.
18 months is the average length of a course of therapy.
180 treatment plans are offered every quarter.
17 different countries of origin for refugee patients.
250 child refugees are treated every year.
750 hours of art therapy are offered every year.
Longines Smash Corner
During the two weeks of the tournament, any challenger from the general public can measure the speed of his or her service for 2 euros thanks to the Longines Smash Corner. Longines will donate the money collected to the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and Stefanie Graf’s Children for Tomorrow.
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