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Andre Agassi Makes Appearance in Tyson's Corner

Besides being a world champion tennis player, Andre Agassi is a snowboarder, a cook, “20 + 20 years old,” and a humanitarian. Agassi appeared today at Fink's Jewelers in Tyson’s Corner to speak about his charity, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. This foundation has contributed $150 million to educational initiatives to date.

Agassi played in his first professional tournament when he was just 15 years old. What is the first thing that comes to Agassi’s mind when he thinks about tennis? Well, first of all “physical pain,” he joked after playing last night. But what tennis truly brings to mind for Agassi is the word “grateful.” He is grateful for what tennis taught him about himself, and he encouraged the children to push themselves in whatever they do because it will make them better people.

Agassi spoke about the infamous drop shot and how you must have your opponent scared of your other shot first so that they are standing on their heels. He laughed as he said that he never liked to come to the net unless he was shaking hands with someone, because he believes that the volley is the hardest shot in tennis. After answering questions, Agassi volleyed a squishy ball back and forth with a few of the kids. He told them grunting really does help!

Micah Jones, a senior at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, his Las Vegas School, spoke about her first-class education and her hopes to attend Howard University in the fall. Agassi Prep has become the signature project of Agassi’s foundation.

The U.S. Department of Education has even called Agassi Prep a "National Model" among charter schools. Agassi Prep includes grades kindergarten through twelfth and had a 100% college acceptance rate for its first students that graduated this past June.

Today, Fink’s Jewelers had a smash court set up for attendees to test the speed of their serve. Each attempt was $5, and the proceeds will benefit the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. Those with the fastest serve for both males and females received a Longines timepiece; Longines was the official sponsor of today's event. From now through November 30, Fink’s Jewelers will donate 10% of all Longines sales to The Agassi Foundation.

Tonight, Agassi, along with Steffi Graph will have a private dinner with Fink's and Longines executives in Tyson's. According to Mary Amons's of Bravo TV's The Real Housewives of DC twitter account, she will be attending this as well. 

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