WTEF Hall of Fame 2014
Allie Ritzenberg, Charlie Brotman and Dwight Mosley were inducted into the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) Hall of Fame at a luncheon held at The Kennedy Center this week. All three men have made significant contributions to the growth and health of WTEF, the premier sports and education program for disadvantaged youth in Washington, DC.
Please make a congratulatory gift to WTEF in their honor. On the gift form, indicate that your gift is in honor of Allie or Charlie, or in memory of Dwight, and WTEF will notify the family of your gift! It is a great way to recognize the contributions of these giants of the local tennis and sports scenes.
Dwight Mosley was Executive Director of WTEF from 1984 until he passed away in 1996. Under his tenure, he helped bring tennis to thousands of children throughout the city. He led what was then the Washington Tennis Association to sharpen its focus on low-income children at-risk of academic failure and expand activities to combine tennis with remedial academic support.
Albert “Allie” Ritzenberg has had a varied and distinguished 70-year career as a tennis player and innovator. Among his many achievements, he is especially proud of having pioneered indoor tennis and having helped integrate the game in Washington. Allie has been a supporter and leader of WTEF for more than 50 years.
Charlie Brotman has been the voice of presidential inaugurations since 1957 and announced baseball and tennis games for decades in Washington, DC. He has been inducted into 10 different Halls of Fame during his more than 50 years in public relations and announcing. He is also the voice of the Citi Open tournament.
In 2012, Citi helped to establish and launch the WTEF Hall of Fame to honor and acknowledge those individuals who have had a significant impact upon, and helped grow, this storied organization since its inception more than 50 years ago.
Summer is Heating Up at WTEF!
WTEF is pleased to report that we just wrapped another successful academic year, and summer programming is well under way. During the 2013-14 school year, WTEF provided its 21st consecutive year of the Arthur Ashe Children's Program to more than 400 children at 21 elementary and middle schools in DC. Watch our video of one of this years Life Skills Competition skits. The Center for Excellence (CFE) also continued its daily, intensive tennis and academic programming and our Tennis Tots program introduced tennis to more than 350 two to five-year-olds! See a day-in-the-life of the East Capitol Campus.
At our Northwest Campus, we are conducting summer camps for beginner, intermediate and advanced level players. WTEF will also host a USTA Play Day at the East Capitol Campus on August 7. Play Days are a terrific way to introduce your child to tennis or for current young players to play in a non-elimination, fun, competitive environment. Registration information here.
At our East Capitol Campus, the CFE Summer Program has 130 children enrolled. It is the only summer program in the area that runs from the day that school closes in June to the week before it opens in August. Children in the CFE Summer Program receive extended fitness, tennis and enrichment activities including field trips, chess and reading.