Honors

WTEF accepts the CTA of the year award with USTA Chairman of the Board and President Jon Vegosen and USTA National Manager of CTA David Slade

WTEF accepts the CTA of the year award with USTA Chairman of the Board and President Jon Vegosen and USTA National Manager of CTA David Slade

  • Washington Smart CEO honored Eleni Rossides with a 2013 BRAVA! Award. Across the Mid-Atlantic, over 200 nominations were collected. To be considered for the Brava! Awards, nominees were required to be women executives leading companies that generated at least $1 million in revenue and who encourage local philanthropy, mentor fellow CEOs and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth.
  • WTEF was named the 2010 National Community Tennis Association of the year by the USTA. The award goes to a registered CTA for outstanding services rendered.
  • In 2009, Executive Director Eleni Rossides was one of three winners of the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman EXCEL Award, recognizing and honoring outstanding nonprofit leaders. Candidates must show excellence in the areas of innovation, motivation, community building, ethical integrity and strategic leadership.
  • WTEF was named the 2008 Washington Post Award Winner for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. The award was given in recognition of WTEF’s programs and its “outstanding board involvement, diversified fundraising practices, effective use of employees and volunteers, and sound financial management practices.” This award emphasizes management practices, fiscal responsibility, planning, accountability, and program evaluation.
  • In 2007, WTEF was chosen for inclusion in the selective DC Catalogue for Philanthropy. Selection was made on the basis of distinction, merit, cost-effectiveness, and accomplishments. Catalogue reviewers and staff stated that WTEF “is one of the finest smaller charities Greater Washington has to offer!” 
  • Executive Director Eleni Rossides was featured in Washingtonian magazine in the 2006 article  “Serving Up Winners.”
  • WTEF was given the USTA National Junior Tennis League Chapter of the Year award in both 2003 and 2006.
  • In 2005, the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section selected the Arthur Ashe Children’s Program to receive its Community Program of the Year award.
  • The USTA named WTEF the 2000 Organization of the Year, marking the first time the USTA recognized an organization with the dual objectives of providing tennis and education.
  • WTEF has been recognized as one of the top Community Tennis Associations in the country by the USTA and Tennis Week Magazine.
  • Willis Thomas, WTEF Program Director, was featured on NBC-TV in 1998 during Black History Month as a community leader who has made a difference in the lives of at-risk children by encouraging them to choose sports and academics over risky behavior on the streets. 
  • Mr. Thomas was named a 2005 WETA “Hometown Hero.” In 2004, he was named President of the American Tennis Association.
  • In 2001, Mr. Thomas was named a “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian magazine.