Citi Open is a Huge Success!

WTEF thanks Citi for our incredible partnership that benefits WTEF programs and our student/athletes.  And what a week it was!

Monday kicked off with Citi Kids, where students heard about life on the pro circuit and how to manage money wisely. Then they hit the courts with tennis pros Steve Johnson and Sloane Stephens.

On Tuesday, WTEF student/athletes Chris Green and Ifeyinuwa Otigba received the annual Mladinov scholarships for their exceptional work in school.  The annual Mosley awards went to volunteer, Brenda Bishop and student/athlete, Lauren Polite.

On Wednesday, WTEF student/athletes had an experience they won’t soon forget – participating in a personal tennis clinic with WTA player Naomi Broady.

Thursday night offered WTEF student/athletes an experience of a lifetime.  Some of the top students at WTEF earned the opportunity to show off their tennis skills on Stadium Court in between matches.  

WTEF honored the 2015 inductees to the WTEF Hall of Fame, Presented by Citi at an on court ceremony Friday evening. Three illustrious friends of the children were honored: current WTEF Board member and former Congressman Norm Dicks; former pro and current WTEF coach and mentor Zina Garrison; and (posthumously) William H. G. FitzGerald, a philanthropist, investor and long-time WTEF volunteer leader.

We closed out a fabulous tournament with the finals (where WTEF student/athletes got to do the coin toss!) and the presentation of the FitzGerald Cup to an outstanding student and athlete who is a leader amongst their peers. This year's winner is Tunikqua King who started with WTEF when she was 8 and is now an 11th grade student at Eastern High School.  She is on the honor roll and hopes to become a veterinarian. 

Thank you again to Citi and all of the tournament sponsors.  We are already looking forward to next year!

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.