Jordin Sparks’ accomplishments are many: she was the then-youngest-ever winner of American Idol, has sold millions of albums, was nominated for a Grammy, and had her film debut in Sparkle,which opened last weekend. And on Saturday, after performing at the event in 2009, 22-year-old Sparks will return to co-host the 17th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess alongside TV personality Quddus.
The NYC event, which kicks off the U.S. Open, honors the memory of tennis pro Arthur Ashe, who passed away in 1993, and his commitment to social causes. In that spirit, the annual Kids’ Day event features free family activities at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, a chance to watch the pros practice, and the ticked stadium show, which will feature live performances by such artists as Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City, and The Wanted. (It’s a return of sorts for the event itself: last year’s Kids’ Day had to be cancelled because of Hurricane Irene.)
“You have all of these kids together in one place so to have it be something that is so fun and so interactive, to see these live performances, it could potentially inspire them,” Sparks said. “It’s a way to introduce kids to music, without bashing them over the head or making it seem like it’s a classroom setting. It allows them to soak it in without really realizing it.” READ FULL STORY »