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Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf talk Vegas sports and helping children around the globe


Courtesy Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf at the new Longines shop at the Shops at Crystals. By =” author” href=” https://lasvegassun.com/staff/brock-radke/” title=” Brock Radke staff page” > Brock Radke ( contact) Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018|2 a.m.

Switzerland-based watchmaker Longines opened its latest shop in Las Vegas last week inside the Tourbillon Store at the Shops at Crystals on the Strip. The business has more than 300 locations around the globe and has actually had an existence in the U.S. since the early 19th century, however it simply takes place to have 2 of its most popular brand ambassadors planted strongly in Las Vegas in Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf, who checked out the new shop for its debut on Halloween.

The husband-and-wife tennis legends have actually partnered with Longines for more than a years and Agassi explained why it’s been such a great fit.

” It’s the credibility of how it started,” he said. “The fact is we weren’t searching for a watch relationship or an offer. It was constructed around an overlap of shared worths. We’re very selective with what and how we do things and they came and supported [the previous Grand Slam for Children event in Las Vegas] and ended up being a sponsor the last few years and the depth of the relationship just kept growing. We do not bet on things, we bet on people, and when you see the worths and spirit of their business, we had a lot of belief that it was the right fit and it would be of more advantage than in the beginning glance.”

The most recent charitable results of the collaboration was a celebration of those 10 years together at a gala occasion in Paris over the summer season, where Longines auctioned off 10 sets of watches with the profits going to the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and Graf’s Kid for Tomorrow structure. A few of those auction winners took a trip to Las Vegas this week to see the shop and hang out with Agassi and Graf.

” I believe it’s overrated to hang out with us. They always leave going, ‘They were pretty regular,'” Agassi chuckled.

Agassi’s nationwide efforts to enhance youth education are well known in Las Vegas thanks to the college preparatory campus he established on West Lake Mead Boulevard in 2001. Graf, born in Germany, founded Children for Tomorrow 20 years ago to provide assistance to kids and families who have suffered the trauma of war, exile and violence.

” We help a little over a thousand kids every years, mostly with therapy to assist recover inner injuries,” Graf stated. “We have actually pertained to recognize over the last 5 or 6 years there has been a significant increase in refugees pertaining to Germany. So we have actually tried to concentrate on dealing with the kids that have actually come through in the last few years, which has been a challenge with different languages and different cultures and what they have actually experienced.”

Her deal with the structure keeps Graf taking a trip back to Germany every couple of months, however she said the exposure and attention offered by Longines has actually been essential in the foundation’s development. “We’ve been able to raise more funds and continue to grow, and now we have the ability to go into schools and work with instructors and train teachers to comprehend trauma. We simply have a larger reach now.”

Back in Las Vegas, 2 of the city’s most famous professional athletes have actually been enjoying the professional sports renaissance ignited by the Vegas Golden Knights.

” It’s fantastic and so much enjoyable and our kids actually take advantage of it,” Graf stated. “It’s an emphasize to go see the Golden Knights and with the anticipation of what will occur with the Raiders, it’s an exciting time for our town.”

Agassi, naturally, is born and raised Vegas. “I see it over 48 years of being here and protecting this city considering that I was 16 years old traveling the world,” he stated. “We do a lot more here than what may appear from the exterior. That culture keeps pushing and constructing and broadening, and we keep supplying this great enjoyment and experiences, and sports is definitely among them.

” The Knights have actually contributed to our lives as they have the entire community, and seeing them at the practice center close to our home has actually been a reward. And I believe we’re going to show ourselves as far beyond fair-weather fans.”

'' Choosing not to back down'': Power of Love gala raises cash, honors Agassi


L.E. Baskow Andre Agassi and wife Stefanie Graf present with celeb Chef Michael Mina on the red carpet for Keep Memory Alive’s 21st annual Power of Love Gala inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

| 2 a.m. Keep Memory Alive 2017 Launch slideshow”With nearly one in 4 U.S. grownups struggling with some form of brain damage or neurological

condition, moneying for research study to cure such illnesses is needed more than ever, stated philanthropist Larry Ruvo on Thursday at a yearly fundraising event supporting a renowned Las Vegas research study and treatment center named after his daddy. Lou Ruvo, who passed away from problems of Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, has actually been the motivation for the Cleveland Center Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

. The center, which is ranked yearly in the United States News and World Report’s “Honor Roll “for best healthcare facilities, has actually served more than 108,000 patients and has trained over 400 doctor considering that opening its Las Vegas doors in 2010.”Tonight has to do with continuing that pledge and choosing not to back down, “Ruvo stated at the star-studded occasion, which featured an almost two-hour red carpet event followed by a three-hour gala.

“It’s to make sure our efforts continue.”The 21st annual variation of the Power of Love fundraising gala, held inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, welcomed about 1,550 guests, the majority of whom paid$1,500 to $5,000 per person for a seat at a table. Guests

were dealt with to three-course meals including meals from celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina. The arena-turned-ballroom featured sparkling streams of beads hanging from the ceiling with purple lighting up the pink table linens and myriad wine glasses listed below. Las Vegan Andre Agassi received the 2017 Keep Memory Alive Neighborhood Leadership award for exactly what Ruvo called”passionate, compassionate “philanthropy and for”making education accessible for those who cannot manage it.” The former tennis player turned education philanthropist moved other half Stefanie Graf and others in the sold-out crowd to tears in announcing a$1 million donation to the center while on stage. Agassi, whose structure opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in 2001, credited his high ambition and enthusiasm for tennis and education as factors for his success in both fields, and ability to make a difference.”I did dream, and I dreamt big, “Agassi said. Businessman-philanthropist Ronald Perelman and performer Siegfried Fischbacher were also honored by Ruvo throughout the gala, and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman likewise stepped briefly to the phase to announce ceremonial dates in 2017 called in their honor. The event likewise included both silent and live auctions, where whatever from fashion jewelry pieces to

remain at Las Vegas Strip hotels and a spot on the Dallas Cowboys’team jet for a game this season were up for quote. A tennis lesson with Agassi and Graf cost$85,000 throughout the live auction, while a limited-edition, marble Steinway grand piano paired with a private performance by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli cost $650,000. Previous Oakland and Los Angeles Raider Lester Hayes was one of five agents of the NFL franchise in attendance on Thursday night, consisting of owner Mark Davis, previous head coach Tom Flores, former quarterback Jim Plunkett and former running back Napoleon McCallum. Dressed in an all-white match with white gator skin shoes and championship rings from Super Bowls XV and XVIII on his right-hand man, Hayes stated the subject of brain health was of personal significance due to the fact that of friends and family who suffered from Alzheimer’s. Hayes, who played 10 seasons with the Raiders from 1977 to 1986, stated he did not believe he sustained significant mental retardation during his time in the NFL but understood previous teammates whose lives were negatively impacted by head injuries.”We have to keep researching so we can better comprehend head injuries,” Hayes said.”It ‘d be remarkable if one day we could somehow avoid them.”Thursday’s gala likewise featured musical performances by Jon Bon Jovi, who sang acoustic versions of”Who Says You Cannot Go House,” “Livin’ On A Prayer,””You Provide Love A Bad Name, “and covered the Beatles ‘” Here Comes the Sun.”Jennifer Hudson closed the night with crooning renditions of hit songs”Hallelujah,”” Remember Me”and” I Still Love You”among others,

bringing the mentally moved crowd to a standing ovation.

Andre Agassi likes Djokovic to sign up with Grand Slam royalty at French Open

Saturday, June 6, 2015|3:21 p.m.

Andre Agassi called it. Or, he has called it so far.

Agassi has regularly picked those to advance through the men’s side of the draw at the French Open, and he suches as top seed Novak Djokovic to win Sunday early morning’s final over No. 8-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. Djokovic outlasted Andy Murray in 5 sets over 2 days in a rain-interrupted semifinal, and Wawrinka knocked off French hopeful Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets. The final is set to air survive NBC at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Throughout a fundraising event Wednesday for UNLV’s ACTIVE program (Assisting Young People Experience Recuperation) at Public School 702 at Downtown Summerlin, Agassi stated Djokovic is playing the very best tennis of any individual worldwide, with Murray “a close second.”

And Djokovic simply dropped Murray.

“The method I forecast tournaments is to make the calls as the competition moves forward, because you never know exactly what the weather or conditions will be like, or who will be injured, but all things being equivalent I such as Djokovic,” Agassi said the day before the semifinal round. “Think about it: We’ll have gone 50 years with no players winning a career Grand Slam, and now if Djokovic wins the French we’ll have 3 who are still playing who have done that.”

Existing gamers who have actually won Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the united state Open, Australian Open and French Open are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Obviously, Agassi himself ended the long drought in between the Slam achievements of Rod Laver and Don Budge in the 1960s. Only 7 gamers in history have achieved that task. Among the greats who failed have actually been Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.

Agassi was at Public School 702 occasion to lend his support to the event for a friend, former International Gaming Innovation Chief Executive Officer Chuck Mathewson. This is the very first such financial investment in a restaurant/nightspot for Mathewson, and those who ended up to support the occasion consisted of MGM Resorts International Chairman Jim Murren, Southern Wine & & Spirits chief and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health creator Larry Ruvo, and Smith Center for the Carrying out Arts Chairman Don Snyder.

A preferred Mathewson story: At the 2010 “Power of Love” gala, the gaming tycoon and his spouse, Stacie, contributed $4.5 million to push the night’s total to an even $27 million. The number was essential (and, naturally, staggering), as it met the Ruvo Center’s goal of paying off the $27 million bond provided by the city of Las Vegas to develop the center, which is committed to dealing with and curing Alzheimer’s Huntington’s Parkinson’s ALS and other memory conditions. (The next “Power of Love” gala, honoring Andrea and Veronica Bocelli and showcasing a performance by Celine Dion, is Saturday night at MGM Grand.)

The new restaurant is adequately groovy, with an excellent outside patio area neglecting the Summerlin landscape. As they say in tennis, it’s a favorable playing surface.

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Agassi Preparation instructor dealing with sex abuse charges has been fired

A now previous unique education teacher at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy has been accuseded of sexually abusing and assaulting a child.

Shannon Giardino, 41, was taken into custody Tuesday, said Metro representative Larry Hadfield. She faces two counts of sexual assault and one count of kid abuse and neglect.

Giardino was fired Thursday, Agassi Prep representative Cisco Aguilar said. Previously in the day a bio page on the school website noted her as a “Secondary Unique Education Facilitator.” That was gotten rid of since 4 p.m.

“Agassi Preparation has taken all steps, as it always does, to make sure the security and best instructional environment for its students,” Cisco said in a statement. “The school acted without delay and appropriately at all times.”

Jose Adrian Garcia, 41, who has been romantically connected to Giardino, also was taken into custody in the case, Hadfield said. Garcia was charged with 3 counts of sexual attack of a youngster and four counts of lewdness with a child.

The charges do not involve students at Agassi Preparation, Aguilar said.

Giardino and Garcia’s arrests originate from a problem submitted in Henderson in April, according to the Clark County District Attorney’s office.

An arrest report was not instantly provided, as the DA’s office does not consistently offer documents for criminal offenses including minors.

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