WTEF HALL OF FAME

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2014 WTEF Hall of Fame Class:(Left to Right) Charlie Brotman, Hon. Dwight Mosley (Wife Pictured) & Allie Ritzenberg

 
The Citi Open and the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) and have formed the WTEF Hall of Fame Presented by Citi, which acknowledges those individuals who have served and helped grow the organization throughout its history.
 

The WTEF was founded more than 50 years ago when several tennis-playing businessmen started a foundation to help promising young players with their travel expenses to junior tournaments. Since then, it has evolved into an organization that provides academic help to at-risk children, who can then apply the lessons learned on the tennis court, in the classroom and beyond.

In 2012, Citi helped to establish and launch the WTEF Hall of Fame to honor and acknowledge those individuals who have had a significant impact upon, and helped grow, this storied organization since its inception more than 50 years ago.

Class of 2014

Allie Ritzenberg, Charlie Brotman and Dwight Mosley were inducted into the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) Hall of Fame at a luncheon held at The Kennedy Center on Wednesday, July 30. The trio will be recognized during an on-court ceremony at the 2014 Citi Open Tournament on Saturday, August 2.

All three men have made significant contributions to the growth and health of WTEF, the premier sports and education program for disadvantaged youth in Washington, DC. WTEF provides a unique blend of academic support, life skills education and tennis instruction to students ages two to 18 who live in some of the city's toughest neighborhoods.

Dwight Mosley was Executive Director of WTEF from 1984 until he passed away in 1996. Under his tenure, he helped bring tennis to thousands of children throughout the city. He led what was then the Washington Tennis Association to sharpen its focus on low-income children at-risk of academic failure and expand activities to combine tennis with remedial academic support.

Albert "Allie" Ritzenberg has had a varied and distinguished 70-year career as a tennis player and innovator. Among his many achievements, he is especially proud of having pioneered indoor tennis and having helped integrate the game in Washington. Allie has been a supporter and leader of WTEF for more than 50 years.

Charlie Brotman has been the voice of presidential inaugurations since 1957 and announced baseball and tennis games for decades in Washington, DC. He has been inducted into 10 different Halls of Fame during his more than 50 years in public relations and announcing. He is also the voice of the Citi Open tournament.

Past Inductees

Class of 2013:

  • Willis Thomas, Jr., Program Director, WTEF
  • The Hon. John Breaux, Vice President, WTEF; Senior Counsel, Patton Boggs, Former Senator Louisiana
  • DD Eisenberg, Nonprofit Board Member, WTEF

Class of 2012:

  • Donald L. Dell, Group President, Lagardere Unlimited
  • John A. Harris, President, Potomac Ventures
  • The Hon. Paul Robert Ignatius, Former Secretary of the United States Navy, former President of the Washington Post and the Executive Vice President of the Washington Post Company
  • The Hon. Henry Kennedy, Retired Judge, U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
  • Peter B. Work, Co-Founder, Partner and Senior Counsel, Crowell & Mooring
 
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