David Gregory (back right) led Team Stripes to the 2013 Charity Classic championship.
(Photo by Kevin Koski)
Some of Washington's most influential leaders will part with their partisan pride and raise a racquet for a wonderful cause July 15 during the third annual Washington Kastles Charity Classic, coming to Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center.
of Congress, the national media and other professional athletes will
join the four-time Mylan World TeamTennis champion Washington Kastles
for this one-of-a-kind tennis event.
Democrats, Republicans and
even the Kastles will be separated into Team Stars and Team Stripes for a
series of fast-paced tiebreakers. The team with the most cumulative
points at the end of the final tiebreaker will capture the Charity
NBC's David Gregory earned
MVP honors in 2013, sparking Team Stripes to a 42-39 victory over Team
Stars, who were led by 2012 Charity Classic hero and former Director of
the National Economic Council Gene Sperling. Six days following the 2013 match, Congressmen Tim Bishop, Jim Costa, Charlie Dent and Mike McIntyre
recognized the Charity Classic in the middle of a session on the Floor
of the House of Representatives, which aired live on C-SPAN. Click here for highlights.
Sperling, Bishop, Costa and McIntyre return this year alongside former Washington Redskins Pro Bowlers Darrell Green and Brian Mitchell, as well as TV personalities Bret Baier, Peter Cook, Ed Henry and Jonathan Karl. Legendary local anchorman Jim Vance of NBC4 will serve as the chair umpire.
All general admission tickets
to the Charity Classic cost $10, with VIP seats starting at $50.
Proceeds from 100% of the ticket sales will benefit Best Buddies,
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), DC Public Education
Fund and Food & Friends. Fans are given the choice of which
organization they would like to support when they make their ticket
"The Kastles were
founded as a platform to give back to the community, and the Charity
Classic is one of our signature events," said Kastles owner Mark Ein.
"Leaders from throughout our region, who don't work together very
often, unite at Kastles Stadium for a great cause. Fans and all of our
players really enjoy the event, and in just our third year, the Charity
Classic seems destined to be a Washington institution."
Founded by Ein in 2008, the Kastles will surpass $1 million in charitable donations during their upcoming season July 9-22.
Charity Classic serves as an extension of those efforts, and this
year's event has already attracted notable names from politics,
athletics and the media. Former World No. 1s Martina Hingis and Leander Paes will be joined by Kastles teammates Bobby Reynolds and Anastasia Rodionova, as well as the following confirmed celebrity players:
* Representative Joyce Beatty, D-OH
* Representative Tim Bishop, D-NY
* Representative Cheri Bustos, D-IL
* Representative Jim Costa, D-CA
* Representative John Delaney, D-MD
* Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI (Vice Chair, Democratic National Committee)
* Representative Bob Goodlatte, R-VA (Chair, House Judiciary Committee)
* Representative Mike McIntyre, D-NC
* Representative Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV
* Representative Erik Paulsen, R-MN
* Representative Bobby Scott, D-VA
* Representative Kevin Yoder, R-KS
* Bret Baier, Fox News
* John Breaux, Former Louisiana Senator
* Peter Cook, Bloomberg Television
* Darrell Green, Former Washington Redskins Pro Bowler
* Ed Henry, Fox News
* Jonathan Karl, ABC News
* Rocky McIntosh, Former Washington Redskins Linebacker
* Brian Mitchell, Former Washington Redskins Pro Bowler
* Gene Sperling, Former Director of the National Economic Council
* Josh Wilson, Atlanta Falcons Cornerback
* Jim Vance, NBC4 (Chair Umpire)
General admission tickets to the Charity Classic cost $10 and are available through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 202-397-7328). VIP seats, which include pre-match hospitality access, start at $50 and can be purchased by calling 202-4-TENNIS (483-6647).
Despite boasting 15-time Grand Slam champ Martina Hingis, Team Stars fell short in 2013.
(Photo by Kevin Koski)