November 26, 2014
Andre Agassi's Grand Slam for Children netted $9 million for the 580 students that attend the school his charity helped build.
Agassi's annual benefit, in its 12th year, is Las Vegas' showiest display of philanthropy, and it's the one with the speediest results.
His favorite-son status as a Las Vegas native and direct connections to the casino industry marshaled construction of an entire K-through-12 school in just six years.
Agassi described the event on Saturday as not just a concert "but a movement."
When the school opened in 2001 with classes for third- through fifth-graders, Agassi began a race to build the rest of it in time for the first fifth-graders to graduate in 2009.
Now, the nondescript exterior walls of the Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy, on Lake Mead Boulevard just west of Martin Luther King Boulevard, mask facilities rivaling private academies.
Agassi Prep still needs to pay down more than $10 million in construction costs, and it wants to double its operational endowment.