WTT Smash Hit Photo Highlights and Rainbow History Project 10th Anniversary


WTT SMASH HITS: TENNIS THAT SERVES A CAUSE





World Team Tennis Smash Hits captained by Billie Jean King and Elton John was a smash hit! Held on the campus of American University, the evening was filled with entertainment and first class tennis and all for a wonderful cause!  This year (now in it’s 18th) raised more than $500,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Washington AIDS Partnership.Team Billie Jean defeated Team Elton 19-15 to tie their overall series at 9-9.  In its 18-year history, WTT Smash Hits has raised more than $10 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local charities throughout the U.S. 

EJAF’s national and international efforts have helped to eradicate the AIDS virus, fund direct patient care and offer prevention education to men, women and children. See photo highlights below of the event:

Photos courtesy of Patsy Lynch Photography 
Good friends and  team captains Billie Jean King and Elton John
Anna Kournikova with young fans on the court
Autographed piano bench signed by Elton John
Darling tennis couple Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
Russia’s hottest  export Anna Kournikova (check out her rock!)
Kournikova is all smiles here
Sir Elton John putting his best foot forward hitting a forehand

Fans fulfilled their responsibilities before the tournament, too, at the charity auction. Auction attendees bid on 10 items including King’s Wimbledon tickets and John’s autographed piano benches. The most expensive item — tennis lessons with Graf and Agassi — went for $50,000. The French Open Package sold for $25,000 dollars which included tickets to the first two days of the 2011 French Open, four nights accommodation in Paris, and a meet and greet with Tennis Channel on-air personalities and a visit to the Roland Garros set. 

Billie Jean King, Elton John and Martina Navratilova have done so much for the Lesbian and Gay Community. During the press conference Martina was asked about the effects of bullying and spoke about the issues she faced when coming out. 

Original Herb Ritts Photograph of Madonna

And FYI, yesterday was the 10th Anniversary of the Rainbow History Project. 

On Tuesday, the Rainbow History Project hosted its 10th anniversary celebration for the organization, at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives. The celebration included the display of several items from the RHP archives, including GLBT T-shirts from the Cheryl Spector collection and items donated by Deacon Maccubbin, along with food and fellowship. 

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