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.