New Initiative Designed to Honor Individuals Who Have Made an Impact
On the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation

Honorees to be Acknowledged During a Special On-Court Ceremony
On Wednesday, August 1 During the 2012 Citi Open
The Citi Open today announced the formation of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) Hall of Fame Presented by Citi, which will acknowledge those individuals who have served and helped grow the organization throughout its history.

The inaugural class was selected by the WTEF Board of Directors and the honorees will be commemorated during a special on-court ceremony during the 2012 Citi Open on Wednesday, August 1 at the H.G. William FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park.

The inaugural WTEF Hall of Fame class named today consists of:
  • 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
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.

"On behalf of Citi, we are delighted to honor these outstanding individuals who exemplify the very best in citizenship and have selflessly given of themselves for the benefit of the WTEF and its very important mission," said Dermot Boden, Chief Brand Officer, Citi. "Citi congratulates the members of this inaugural class. We share their commitment of helping at-risk youth and we look forward to working with the WTEF and supporting their programs." 

 "This most thoughtful and generous initiative by Citi has come at a pivotal time in the history of WTEF," said Anne Keiser, President, Board of Directors, WTEF. "As we expand our services with the October opening of WTEF's new Tennis, Education, and Community Center, we will now be located right in the neighborhood where the children in our programs live and go to school.  It is fitting that we now pause to honor these five distinguished Washingtonians because without their selfless dedication to WTEF’s mission, we would not be where we are today. On behalf of the entire board and staff of WTEF, I offer my heartfelt ‘congratulations and thank you’ to our first inductees of the Washington Tennis and Education Hall of Fame." 

More information on the WTEF Hall of Fame class:

Peter B. Work

Peter Work served as President of the WTEF from 1990 through 1992. Aside from those two years, Work has been the Legal Advisor for the WTEF since 1972, and was pivotal in the negotiations to build the Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park and later transferring it over from the WTEF to the National Park Service (NPS) to run and manage. Read More

Hon. Henry H. Kennedy, Jr.

Kennedy, a retired U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, is among the many success stories that have come as a result of the Foundation. Making the most of the support he received from the WTEF in his young and formative years, Kennedy now looks to influence future leaders as a Board member of the WTEF. Read More

Hon. Paul Robert Ignatius

Ignatius is a Past President and an active Board Member (now Director Emeritus) and has been involved with the WTEF since 1969. He was invited to join the Board shortly after he was visited by WTEF and tournament personnel when he was the President of the Washington Post and the Executive Vice President of the Washington Post Company. Read More

John A. Harris

Harris has played a major role with the WTEF and the tennis tournament now known as the Citi Open. Harris, a former player and twice Greater Washington Men's Singles Champion, and Donald Dell, who was then the U.S. Davis Cup captain, founded the event in 1969. Read More

Donald L. Dell

Dell, a Davis Cup team member in his tennis playing days and the captain of the 1968 and 1699 U.S. Davis Cup teams that won two consecutive World Championships, co-founded the event now known as the Citi Open, along with John Harris, in 1969. Read More

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