While the physical air was nothing less than stifling last night at Kastles Stadium, the mood was completely the opposite.Â Maybe that’s because when you get all the right people to play for charity, it lightens everything up.Â The two teams who made up the Charity Classic were the Stripes (coached by Coach Murphy) and the Stars (coached by Leander Paes).Â Sportscaster Brett Haber called out to the players and the audience from atop the ladder, doing both play by play and color commentary by cracking jokes, teasing the celebrity players, and engaging the intimate audience.
While some celebrity players had the intensity of this was their dream Wimbledon moment, others laughed, played with effort, but had fun with it.Â Most enjoyable was watching Leander and former Redskin Hall of Famer Darrell Green have a blast together during their doubles match.
It’s all in the name of charity yes, but mostly FUN.Â The charities who benefited 100% from the tournament wereD.C. Public Education Fund, Share Our Strength, and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
But who came out the winner (besides the charities?) Well, Coach Murphy’s Stripes won over Leanderâ€™s Stars.Â As with all competitions in this town, it was a close one and came down to tie break in final event. Go Stripes!
Celebrity Players included: Bret Baier (Fox News), Jonathan Karl (ABC) , Sen. Evan Bayh, Sen. John Breaux, Peter Cook (Bloomberg), Jack Evans, Darrel Green, Rep. Steve LaTourette, Alan Krueger, Hans Nichols (Bloomberg), Ben Olsen (DC United), Paul Quander, Gene Sperling, Larry Summers and Neal Wolin.
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