Sunday, July 13, 2014

NFL Legends Darrell Green & Brian Mitchell Added to Kastles Charity Classic

Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green

From our friends at the Washington Kastles...

Third Annual Washington Kastles Charity Classic Match Set for July 15th

WRC's Jim Vance to Serve as Chair Umpire

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.

Members of Congress and the national media will join the four-time Mylan World TeamTennis champion Washington Kastles for this one-of-a-kind tennis event.

Brian Mitchell (l) joins the Redskins' Ring of Fame

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 Classic championship.

DC News Legend Jim Vance

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 Jim Costa, Charlie Dent, Mike McIntyre and Tim Bishop recognized the Charity Classic in the middle of a session on the Floor of the House of Representatives, which aired live on C-SPAN.

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 purchase.

"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.

The 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:

•  Chair Umpire and DC News Legend Jim Vance, WRC
•  Washington Redskins Legends Darrell Green and Brian Mitchell
•  Rocky McIntosh, Detroit Lions LB
•  Josh Wilson, Atlanta Falcons CB and former Maryland Terrapin
•  Representative Tim Bishop, D-NY
•  Representative Cheri Bustos, D-IL
•  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 Bobby Scott, D-VA
•  Representative Kevin Yoder, R-KS
•  Bret Baier, Fox News
•  Peter Cook, Bloomberg Television
•  Ed Henry, Fox News
•  Jonathan Karl, ABC News
•  Gene Sperling, Former Director of the National Economic Council

More Charity Classic players will be announced on in the lead-up to the July 15 match.

General admission tickets to the Charity Classic cost $10 and are available through Ticketmaster (, 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).

Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center is located at 600 22nd Street NW, three blocks from the Foggy Bottom-GWU stop on Metrorail's blue and orange lines. Parking is available for $10 at four George Washington University parking garages located within three blocks of the Smith Center.

About the Washington Kastles:
Founded in 2008 by local entrepreneur Mark Ein, the Washington Kastles are the 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Mylan World TeamTennis champions. In 2011 and 2012, they completed the only perfect seasons in the league's 39-year history. In 2013, Washington extended its winning streak to 34 matches, setting a new major U.S. pro sports record. The Kastles are 46-2 over the last three seasons. The team's mission is to bring the D.C. community together, make tennis accessible to everyone in the Greater Washington area and actively support local charitable partners. To that end, the Kastles provide support to nearly 200 charitable, military and civic organizations each year. Learn more about the team by visiting

About Mylan World TeamTennis:
Mylan World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional team tennis competing for the King Trophy, the league’s championship trophy which is named after co-founder Billie Jean King. The 39th season of Mylan WTT runs July 6-27, 2014. For more information on Mylan WTT, visit