2018 GEICO Champions Celebration Presented by Sandy Spring Bank
JTCC’s annual fundraising gala is hosted by the Swedish Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Karin Olofsdotter, at the Ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC. Proceeds from the event support JTCC’s community outreach program Game On! which provides free tennis instruction and academic enrichment to children in underserved areas of Washington, DC.
The 2018 event honors Nick Bollettieri, renowned coach of ten world no. 1 players and founder of IMG Academy, and Michael Wilbon, acclaimed sports journalist and co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption (PTI).
Nick Bollettieri is one of the most influential people in the world of tennis and is renowned for his passion for excellence. His tennis training program is recognized as one of the best systems for developing top players and was used to coach ten top-ranked players in the world: Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovi?, Marcelo Ríos, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams in addition to a number of other world-class players.
Michael Wilbon is one of the nation’s most respected sports journalists and an industry pioneer as one of the first sportswriters to broaden his career beyond newspapers to include television, radio and new media. A co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption and an NBA studio analyst for KIA NBA Countdown on ABC and ESPN, Wilbon left the Washington Post in December 2010 after 31 years to assume an expanded role with ESPN.
Past JTCC honorees include:
2017: Brad Snyder and Katrina Adams
2016: Jim Courier and Elliott Bisnow
2015: Todd Martin and Senator Bennett Johnston
2014: Donald Dell and Sheridan “Sherry” Snyder
2013: Chris Evert and Senator John Breaux
2012: Jane Harman and Pam Shriver
2011: Patrick McEnroe and Jay Berger
2010: Mark Ein and Mats Wilander
2009: Stan Smith, Martin Blackman, and Craig Tiley
2008: Paul Goldstein and Mayor Adrian Fenty
2007: Senator Evan Bayh
JTCC is very grateful to Twigz Studios for supporting the GEICO Champions Celebration and in particular for their beautiful flower arrangements: