Last week we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Citi Open Tennis Tournament in Washington, D.C. As the title sponsor for the 7th year, Citi was thrilled to recognize the positive impact the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), the tournament's owner and beneficiary, has had on the surrounding D.C. community by using tennis as a vehicle to empower young people and set them on a path to reaching their full potential. As one of just a few tournaments in the world owned and operated by a non-profit organization, the Citi Open is a great example of how a public company and a private charitable group can work together towards the common goal of making a real difference in young people's lives.
In honor of the event's 50th anniversary, Citi commissioned a commemorative mural painted by local D.C. artist Aniekan Udofia, which portrays event founder and legendary tennis champion Arthur Ashe with local D.C. students whose lives have been tangibly improved by their association with the WTEF.
Photo: Nina Raspa
The mural captured the vital community spirit of the Citi Open, celebrated the rich history of the event, and vividly memorialized the WTEF's many enduring contributions to the community.
For more than 60 years, the WTEF has made a big difference in the lives of underserved youth in the D.C. area. In a community where high school graduation rates are persistently low, the WTEF maintains a 100 percent high school completion rate for participating students. Through our sponsorship of the Citi Open, Citi helps the WTEF raise funds and expand its programs to help benefit D.C. youth.
Overall, this year's tournament was another resounding success and a special milestone in our partnership. Our mission at Citi is to enable growth and progress in the communities we serve, both of which are key components of our work with the WTEF. The result is a perfect match set for tennis fans and the greater Washington D.C. community alike.