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Honors and Awards 2017-03-01T15:20:39+00:00

Honors and Awards

  • In 2014, WTEF President Eleni Rossides was honored by Capital One and the Washington Mystics as a Community Champion, commending her for her tireless commitment to our community.
  • Washington Smart CEO honored Eleni Rossides with a 2013 BRAVA! Award. Across the Mid-Atlantic, more than 200 nominations were collected.  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.
  • The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) recognized our programs’ effectiveness by giving WTEF a three-year, capacity-building grant based on extensive evaluation that proved that the children in the Arthur Ashe Children’s Program (AACP) show significantly greater promotion rates and lower absence rates than those in the average school population. EMCF studied 14,000 youth-serving organizations and chose fewer than 21 to work with.
  • In 2009, President Eleni Rossides was one of three winners of the EXCEL Leadership Award, recognizing and honoring outstanding nonprofit leaders. Candidates must show excellence in innovation, motivation, community building, ethical integrity and strategic leadership.
  • In 2008, WTEF won the prestigious “Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.”  The award was made 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.”
  • Willis Thomas, Jr., WTEF Vice President of Programs, was named a WETA “Hometown Hero” for February 2005, Washingtonian magazine’s “Washingtonian of the Year” in 2001, and was featured in 1998 on NBC-TV during Black History Month as a community leader who has made a difference in the lives of at-risk children.
  • United States Tennis Association (USTA) Awards:
    • 2010: USTA Community Tennis Association of the Year Award.
    • 2003 and 2006: National Junior Tennis League Chapter of the Year award.
    • 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 also been recognized as one of the top Community Tennis Associations in the country by the USTA and Tennis Week Magazine.

Student and Volunteer Honors and Awards

Every year, WTEF honors some of the children and youth participating in our Center for Excellence program for their character and performance, both in the classroom and on the court. An outstanding volunteer is also named and a student is selected to speak at our Tennis Ball gala. In 2016, those honored were:

Dwight Mosley Award

Dr. Cynthia Carter, volunteer

Henry Frazier, student

Mary Mladinov Award and Scholarship

Arnisha Cosby

Jalante Wells

Tennis Ball Student Speaker

Antonio Ausbon

William H.G. FitzGerald Award

Ifeyinuwa Otigba

Also annually, WTEF inducts two to three people to the Citi Hall of Fame for their efforts to advance the work of WTEF. In 2016, the inductees were Donald Brown, Jerry Jasinowski and Anne Keiser.  The induction ceremony takes place on the stadium court during the Citi Open tournament.

Building Life Champions

The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) is the premier nonprofit educational and athletic organization for children and youth living in Washington, DC’s low-income, high risk neighborhoods.  We provide high quality afterschool academic, tennis and wellness programs in a safe, trusting environment.  Our programs empower students to achieve their highest potential by helping them develop meaningful values and critical life skills that will lead them to make constructive choices.  WTEF builds life champions.