Alonzo Mourning
Distinguished Service


Katrina Adams
Champion of Tennis

Alonzo Mourning

Peter Work
Lifetime Achievement

2015 Tennis Ball - Celebrating 60 Years of Champions!

Honoring Champions of Children

We are excited to announce that WTEF will honor three champions of children at our 2015 Tennis Ball on May 8: Alonzo Mourning, Katrina Adams, and Peter Work.

Hall of Fame NBA player Alonzo Mourning has founded four organizations to better other people’s lives, including the Overtown Youth Center, which provides children and youth in Miami’s inner city with academic and athletic enrichment.

Katrina Adams, who is the first African-American President, CEO, and Chairman of the United States Tennis Association, also serves as Executive Director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program in New York City.

Noted attorney Peter Work, a founder of Crowell & Moring, LLP, has been WTEF's volunteer Legal Advisor for the past 43 years, except for two years in the 1990s, when he served as the Foundation's president. 

These three exceptional leaders will join sponsors and friends of Washington Tennis & Education Foundation on Friday, May 8, 2015, at the annual Tennis Ball, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC.

Please be a part of the 2015 Tennis Ball!  Sponsorship opportunities are available from $3,000 to $25,000.  

Sponsorship comes with an array of benefits including box seats or suite tickets at the Citi Open, player spots in the VIP Round Robin Tournament, advertising and publicity before and during the Ball, and, of course, seats at the Tennis Ball. 

Best of all, sponsors have the satisfaction of knowing that your support is helping children and youth achieve brighter futures.

The evening will be delightful. 

Top sponsors gather at 6 p.m. in a private VIP reception to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and swap tales of their adventures during the Round Robin Tournament, held earlier in the day.  A general reception takes place at the same time in the foyer of the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom.

The evening will feature three Auctions. Guests will peruse an expansive display of silent auction items including weekend getaways, signed sports memorabilia and fine wines.  There will be a Mini-Live Auction  of half a dozen wonderful items, such as a stay in a vacation home.

A gourmet dinner in the ballroom will be highlighted by brief remarks from a current WTEF student.  Following that will be our annual Fund a Future  portion of the program, when hundreds of guests pledge their additional support to the children at WTEF.  Last year, Fund a Future raised over $230,000 in about five minutes.  This year, we are engaging our entire community of supporters to try to break the $300,000 mark; so, even if you cannot attend the Tennis Ball, you can make your presence felt by your donation to Fund a Future.

The really special items – like tickets to Wimbledon – will be offered during the Live Auction.  The evening will be capped off by the presentation of our Champion of Tennis Award to Katrina Adams, Distinguished Service Award to Alonzo Mourning and Lifetime Achievement Award to Peter WorkLearn more about our distinguished honorees.

We hope you will join us at the 2015 Tennis Ball.  This year will be something special because this year, we are celebrating WTEF’s 60th anniversary!  We began as an effort to provide a healthy outlet for youth and a means of supporting talented young players who couldn’t afford tournament fees. Today, we are Washington, DC’s premier academic and athletic organization serving disadvantaged children and youth.

Please become a sponsor and invest in the remarkable children and youth who we serve.  These youngsters deserve the opportunity to achieve their potential – in school and in tennis – that WTEF provides. 

Join 700 generous friends of WTEF at the 2015 Tennis Ball!  Individual tickets are $500.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Can't attend the Tennis Ball? Make a donation to Fund a Future today!