Class of 1966
His Service Went Far Beyond The Court.
Former No. 1 tennis player in the world and winner of over 50 professional titles including three Grand Slams, Arthur Ashe was a dominant figure on and off the court. At UCLA, Ashe became the first African-American selected to the United States Davis Cup team, won a NCAA singles title and helped UCLA win the NCAA team title. He turned pro in 1969 and went on to have a storied career in the ATP World Tour. Ashe used his influence beyond sports to become a powerful humanitarian and statesman. Part of a 31-person delegation of prominent African-Americans sent to South Africa to advocate for racial integration, Ashe put his own freedom on the line and was arrested twice while protesting apartheid and crackdowns on refugees. His connection to UCLA is literally etched in stone with the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center named in his honor.