Alan Hassenfeld honored with Tennis Hall of Fame Chairman's Award
NEWPORT, R.I., August 8, 2013 - International Tennis Hall of Fame Chairman Christopher E. Clouser recently presented the prestigious Chairman's Award to Alan Hassenfeld, former Chairman of the Board and present Chairman of the Executive Committee of Hasbro, Inc. the international toy company. Hassenfeld, a dedicated tennis enthusiast, joined the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009, and during his tenure he has taken an active leadership role in the organization. Hassenfeld serves on both the Development Committee and the Capital Campaign Steering Committee, which is currently overseeing a $15.7 million campaign to expand the Hall of Fame and enhance the organization's programming.
The Chairman's Award, which is presented annually, recognizes outstanding service toward supporting the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in its mission of preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide. The award was presented during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend in July.
"Alan has been a driving force behind the successful launch of the Hall of Fame's Capital Campaign. He has offered well thought out ideas as to how we can improve our property and programming to ensure future success, and he has been dedicated and diligent in supporting the campaign," said Clouser. "Even before we launched the Capital Campaign, the Hall of Fame has always been able to count on Alan's leadership. He has always been proactive in spreading the word about our mission and our work. We appreciate his commitment to the organization, and we are fortunate to have him as an ambassador for us in the community."
While he is globally renowned for his business accomplishments and philanthropic work, Hassenfeld has always maintained a strong connection to non-profit organizations in his native Rhode Island, where Hasbro, Inc. is headquartered and the International Tennis Hall of Fame is located.
Prior to being named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro in 1989, Mr. Hassenfeld worked his way up the ranks of the business started in 1923 by his grandfather. He began his career at the company in 1970, and went on to hold positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and sales for the company's domestic and international operations, including responsibilities overseeing global markets.
Under Hassenfeld's leadership, Hasbro became a worldwide leader in children's and family entertainment. Its brands and products are some of the most recognizable and respected throughout the world. Hassenfeld served as Chairman of the Board of Hasbro, Inc. from 1989 to 2008. Prior to May 2003, Mr. Hassenfeld served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro since 1999.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Hassenfeld is a dedicated philanthropist. He has been involved in a variety of charitable and social causes ranging from human rights of manufacturing workers in Asia to working with organizations to end childhood hunger to serving on boards and committees for organizations including Big Brothers of Rhode Island, Refugees International, and Hasbro's two philanthropic divisions, the Hasbro Charitable Trust and the Hasbro Children's Foundation. He is an active leader who is hands-on in creating positive results for the many causes that supports.
Located in Newport, R.I., the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum offers an extensive museum that chronicles the history of the sport and honors the game's greatest legends, grass tennis courts that date back to 1880 and are open to the public, an ATP World Tour tournament, the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in July, and numerous public events year-round.
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About the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum was recognized as the sport's official Hall of Fame in 1986 by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis. The Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on a six-acre property that features an extensive Museum chronicling the history of the sport and honoring the 235 Hall of Famers; 13 grass tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility that are open to the public and to a club membership; a rare Court Tennis facility; and an historic 297-seat theatre. Annually in July, the venue hosts the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Van Alen Cup, an ATP World Tour event. The buildings and grounds, which were constructed in 1880 by McKim, Mead & White to serve as a social club for Newport's summer residents, are renowned for their incredible architecture and preservation. The facility was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. For information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and its programs, call 401-849-3990 or visit us online at www.tennisfame.com