The 2015 Citi Open is underway!  Qualifying matches on the weekend are followed by tournament play from August 3-9.  The Citi Open benefits Washington Tennis & Education Foundation and its athletic and academic enrichment programs for under-served children and youth in Washington, DC.

The best field of players to appear in Washington, DC, in the 47 years of the tournament promises more excitement than ever before.  Andy Murray, ranked #3 in the world, is playing this year, as are Kei Nishikori (#5), and Marin Cilic (#9).  The men’s doubles field is led by the world’s best doubles team, Mike and Bob Bryan.  The women’s field features Ekaterina Makarova, ranked #11 in the world, Great Britain’s Heather Watson, who gave Serena Williams a tough match at Wimbledon this year, and USA’s Sloane Stephens.  Be part of the excitement, come to the 2015 Citi Open!

WTEF's Congressional Tennis Tournament

The 15th Annual WTEF Congressional Charity Tennis Tournament will be held on Monday, September 28th, 2015 at WTEF’s East Capitol Campus located in Ward 7.  The tournament brings together Members of Congress, tennis legends and DC business leaders to play tennis and support WTEF’s programs that keep children from low-income, underserved neighborhoods in the District. Congressman Ed Whitfield and Senator Shelley Moore Capito are proudly serving as this year’s co-chairs of the event and are extremely supportive of WTEF.

Sponsorship opportunities are available from $2,500 to $25,000. Become a Sponsor Today!  All tournament proceeds will support WTEF's award-winning programs that serve nearly 1,500 underserved youth each year.

The tournament is full of spirited tennis competition among Congressional members who have included Jared Huffman, Bobby Scott, Charlie Dent, Joyce Beatty, and Kevin Yoder.  Past legends include, Lori McNeil, Zina Garrison, Chanda Rubin, Dan Waldman, Richey Renneberg, Kathy Rinaldi, and rising star Taylor Townsend.

Summer with the Center for Excellence

At our East Capitol Campus, the Center for Excellence (CFE) Summer Program has 150 children enrolled!  Here are just a few of the highlights so far.

Students Receive Free Vision Screening and Eye Exams  boy_with_glasses.jpg

Whether it is a lack of health care insurance or parents not able to take time off from the work day, an apparently routine eye exam may not be so routine for our students.  That’s why WTEF Board Member and ophthalmologist Wendy Gasch organized a day of free vision screening for students participating in our CFE Summer Program.  Dr. Gasch performed eye examinations on all the children who needed them.  Sixty students participated and seven needed eyeglasses.  We’d also like to thank the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington for conducting the screening and providing glasses, all free of charge!          

Helping Students Prepare for the Future

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) has been a valued partner of WTEF for several years.  This summer, a team of PwC employees visited WTEF’s East Capitol Campus.  They played tennis with the students and then presented a workshop as part of their Earn Your Future initiative to improve the financial competency and education of our nation’s youth.  PwC made a challenging topic fun; engaging the students by using the New Futures Career Navigator, an assessment tool that helps show children and youth the career paths that fit them and how best to go about pursuing those careers.  Thank you, PwC, for what proved to be a great learning experience!

Summer Brings the Annual College Tour

A 5:00 a.m. boarding time didn’t dampen any of the excitement for 36 of our CFE students, as they were on their way to an once-in-a-lifetime experience:  WTEF’s annual college tour. The five-day trip to Chicago started with a visit to Roosevelt University, where students enjoyed a workshop about how a college degree would affect their future earnings and capacity to afford the things they want in life. Their high-rise dormitory overlooked Lake Michigan and Grant Park, where students had the opportunity to visit the annual Taste of the Town festival.  The next stop was Northwestern University, where students got a guided tour of the campus, met with the tennis coach and played on the university’s courts.