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Tennis Great comes to Detroit to open new Lighthouse Charter Academy

September 17 2013 | no comments

School Ribbon CuttingThe students at Lighthouse Charter Academy welcomed a special visitor today–tennis great Andre Agassi.

Agassi came to town for the formal grand opening of the school he helped fund and build in southwest Detroit.  He toured the brand new facility and also took time sit and talk with students.

“I left school when I was in eighth grade,” Agassi told the students. “I never finished high school even and because I never finished high school I was very lucky. I happened to be good at playing tennis but I was always regretful about not having an education. “My lack of education made me think of other kids who might not have the opportunity to have their education.”

Agassi won eight grand slam titles during his pro tennis career and earned millions in prize money and endorsements.  His success on the court ranks him among the sport’s all time greats.

Education is now his passion and he’s funding charter schools across the country through the Canyon-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund, the only fund of its kind in the nation.

Agassi and his partner, Bobby Turner,  joined students and Lighthouse Academies President and CEO Michael Ronan for the ribbon-cutting at the new school located in the Chadsey-Condon neighborhood.

“I’ll never forget where I came from,” Agassi told Detroit 2020. “On the court I felt like there was an opportunity to impact people for a period of time.  This feels like you’re impacting generations. I mean, this feels like you’re leaving a legacy that will be felt for generations to come, that will live on. There’s no comparison to that.”

Nearly 300 k-5 students are currently attending the school. Officials expect enrollment to eventually expand to serve 475 students through twelfth grade.



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