September 29, 2009
Despite the presence of Dane Cook, a benefit concert for Andre Agassi's charter school raised $8 million this weekend in Las Vegas. The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy also received a pledge of $7.5 million over five years from a private family foundation.
Joining Cook at the concert were Tim McGraw, Brian McKnight and the band Daughtry. Even though Cook is as funny as Andre Agassi is coiffed, he managed to be fairly amusing when he and Chris Daughtry performed their rendition of the Growing Pains theme song.
Agassi spoke about his charter school during the opening ceremony at the U.S. Open last month:
Twenty years ago, when Agassi was a teenager, he was known as a prodigious talent, but many feared his greatness would be overshadowed by the controversies that surrounded him. He tanked sets, brashly criticized opponents, clapped obnoxiously after points and skipped Wimbledon three years in a row to "rest". As he grew up, though, Agassi reinvented himself into an elder statesman of the game.
Now Agassi is reinventing himself again as an education reformer. His goals are ambitious, but so was the idea of creating a successful school that sent 100 percent of its senior class to college. Who knows, Andre Agassi's greatest legacy may yet be written.