About WTEF

The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) is a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington DC. The mission of WTEF is to improve the life prospects of low-income, underserved children and youth in the District of Columbia through athletic and academic enrichment. We seek to keep children off city streets during out-of-school time, in a safe environment they can trust; to engage them in productive activities that teach discipline, build confidence, improve school performance, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. We empower our students to achieve their highest potential by helping them develop meaningful values and critical life skills that will lead them to make constructive life choices. WTEF builds life champions.

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Our Leadership

Eleni A. Rossides
Executive Director

Eleni Rossides joined WTEF as executive director in September 2004. A native Washingtonian, Ms. Rossides grew up playing tennis on area tennis courts.

Willis Thomas, Jr.
WTEF Program Director

Willis Thomas, Jr., WTEF Program Director, is an experienced coach on both the grass roots and professional levels. A former junior doubles partner of the late Arthur Ashe, Mr. Thomas is one of the first African American tennis talents from our nation’s capital; he has played tennis since the age of ten.

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