Humanitarian and world-class tennis player Arthur Ashe was immortalized on a postage stamp today when the U.S. Postal Service conducted a first-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony under the shadows of the stadium bearing his name. The ceremony took place as part of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day activities kicking off the 2005 US Open. The stamp will be available nationwide at Post Offices and Philatelic Centers, Aug. 28.
The stamp image is a photo by Michael O’Neill that Sports Illustrated used on the cover when it named Ashe “1992 Sportsman of the Year.” It is the first Sports Illustrated cover photo to be featured on a postage stamp.