Kastles Owner Brings “Sport for Social Change” to D.C.

Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein has not only brought the glitz and glam of World Team Tennis to Washington, D.C. with his celebrity-studded Kastles tennis matches (just last week he brought Ana Kournikova & John McEnroe to play with the team; in previous years it was both Venus and Serena Williams), but he’s also helping to bring noble sports enterpises to the Metro area, as well.
This Friday night starting at 5 p.m., Ein, along with Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and Sheila Johnson, owner of the Washington Mystics, will sponsor Street Soccer USA, a not-for-profit soccer tournament played by homeless men and women from around the country.
Tickets to the 3-day event are free, which will be held at Kastles Stadium (located on the corner of 11th and H Streets NW). All they ask is that the public show up and cheer during the charitable game, also known as the “Sport for Social Change.”
I caught up with Ein on the courts last week to talk a little tennis and about other ways he’s giving back to the community by sponsoring sports clinics for D.C. school kids, which are led by star athletes. (Check out interview below.)
I also caught up with the Kastles doubles champ, Leander Paes, who talked about the amped up atmosphere of the crowd during the summer tennis season — a mood of excitement that will no doubt be present during this weekend’s soccer tournament.
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