Dr. Marilyn A. Fraser, CEO of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH), announced today the hosts and honorees for SportsBall 2019, the 25th Annual Black Tie & Sneakers Gala, to take place on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

Renowned guests representing sports, philanthropy, business, entertainment, and medicine will gather to celebrate the legacy of tennis champion and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The event benefits the ongoing community health education programs and research initiatives of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.

The 2019 honorees will be:

  • Sydney C. Butts, MD FACS, chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University Hospital of Brooklyn/SUNY Downstate and Kings County Hospital Center, Vice Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate, and an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate.
  • Stan Smith, tennis legend, winner of the U.S. Open in 1971 and Wimbledon in 1972, and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
  • Guy Vickers, President of the PVH Foundation.
  • Cheryl Wills, Emmy-winning anchor for Spectrum NY1 Live at Ten, and host of In Focus with Cheryl Wills.

This year’s gala will be co-hosted by Ruschell Boone, Reporter and Anchor for Spectrum News NY1, and Les Trent, Senior Correspondent for Inside Edition.
Dr. Marilyn A. Fraser, CEO of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, will preside over the gala.

Find out more about the event here.

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