Citi Open Kids to Feature American "Rising Stars" Melanie Oudin, Denis Kudla and Tennis Great Zina Garrison

Citi Open Kids Event
More than 85 Members of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation to Participate in Financial Education Program and Tennis Clinic
Washington, D.C., July 17, 2013 – Citi, title sponsor of the 2013 Citi Open SM, will host its first Citi Open Kids program in coordination with the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) at the East Capitol Campus location on Wednesday, July 17th at 1:00 pm. The event will feature American WTA tennis star Melanie Oudin, American ATP star Denis Kudla, along with former professional tennis player and three-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion, Zina Garrison. The tennis stars will be joined by youth from the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington, D.C.
Citi Open Kids is an educational and motivational community-based initiative for students located in the Washington, D.C. area developed by Citi in collaboration with the WTEF. Citi Open Kids reinforces Citi’s commitment to make a positive impact in the communities it serves and aims to provide cultural, social, athletic and economic enrichment for the members of the WTEF. As the tournament’s benefactor, the WTEF is instrumental in identifying ways to ensure the continual athletic and educational success of its members and Citi strives to aid to these efforts throughout the year.
Citi Open Kids will begin with a brief program promoting the importance of financial literacy and saving for the future. Both Oudin and Kudla will share their experiences, and offer advice on staying focused while pursuing both academic and athletic success. The Citi Open Kids program will conclude with a 45-minute tennis clinic for all program participants with Oudin, Kudla and Garrison.
"Citi is committed to making a difference in the communities in which we do business, and programs like Citi Open Kids provide a meaningful and unforgettable experience for children all over Washington D.C," said Candi Wolff, head of Global Government Affairs for Citi and a board member of WTEF. "Similarly to our mission of supporting clients in their journeys from ambition to achievement, Citi is delighted to create programs that help empower and enable underserved D.C. students to achieve their highest potential."
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) was founded in 1955 as an organization designed to help disadvantaged youth through tennis. Since then, it has evolved into an organization that provides academic help to at-risk children, by helping them to apply the lessons learned on the tennis court in the classroom and beyond. Today, WTEF is a leader in the best practice of providing academic enrichment, supplemented by tennis and life skills instruction, as a means for developing the skills necessary to achieve academic and personal success.
"The Citi Open Kids program is a wonderful opportunity for the children involved with the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation to learn about the importance of financial education and hear from professional athletes the importance of perseverance, resilience, and optimism, both on and off the court." said Eleni Rossides, Executive Director, Washington Tennis & Education Foundation. "Our kids are tomorrow’s leaders, and it is fantastic that Citi is investing in their futures as part of a solid commitment to the Washington, DC area."
The Citi Open will be held July 27-August 4 at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C. It is one of only 11 elite ATP World Tour 500-level events worldwide and the only one held in the United States. The event is also part of the prestigious Emirates Airline US Open Series, the five-week summer tennis season that links nine North American hard-court tournaments to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. In addition, the Citi Open features a WTA International Tournament which provides fans the opportunity to watch simultaneous competitions of both world-class men’s and women’s tennis throughout the nine-day event. The tournament features 48 men’s singles players and 16 doubles teams, 32 women’s singles players and 16 doubles teams, and offers nearly $2 million in player compensation.
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About WTEF
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) is a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington, D.C. 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. We also 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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