Former U.S. Senator John Breaux posed with two cheerleaders last night at the Washington Kastles season kickoff party.
While the Washington heat wave had eased into a gentle balminess, the cheerleaders clung to the minimal garb of their trade. Also hot, the Washington Kastles are the only undefeated group in the World Team Tennis coed professional league.
Post-photo op, Breaux, a Louisiana Democrat who now serves as senior counsel at Patton Boggs LLP, sipped a glass of malbec on the patio of the Hotel Monaco.
Other Kastles fans drawn to the pep rally included Randall Boe, executive vice president and general counsel of Monumental Sports & Entertainment; Michael J. Di Renzo, vice president at Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL:US); and William N. Hall, an attorney at Venable LLP.
Breaux, who has played tennis since college, said he would participate in the first Washington Kastles Charity Classic, a tennis match on July 17 featuring friendly competition among 12 White House staffers, members of Congress, ambassadors and media stars.
Unlike other Washington sporting events, next week’s contest won’t pit Democrats against Republicans, but will bring them together on two teams, “the Stars” and “the Stripes.”
Each team will play seven doubles matches, with tiebreakers at 10 points. The winning team will receive the Kastles Trophy.
Mark Ein, the owner of the Washington Kastles and chief executive of VentureHouse Group LLC, said that the proceeds of next Tuesday’s game will be divided among three charities: Share our Strength, a child hunger nonprofit, the D.C. Public Education Fund, and TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, which helps families of fallen military.
Since starting the Washington Kastles five years ago, Ein and the team have given $600,000 in cash and goods to the local community, including 3,000 tennis rackets to Washington youth.
The Kastles boast players such as Venus and Serena Williams, who recently won her fifth Wimbledon title. She will play at Kastles Stadium on July 22.
In between sharing Wimbledon stories, guests ate steak tartare sandwiches and French fries. The Washington Kastles mascot, a giant green tennis ball with arms and legs named Topspin, played host by high-fiving the gents and kissing the ladies.
Cheerleaders stood by throughout the evening with glittery pom poms. On tables, vases were filled with yellow tennis balls.
(Stephanie Green is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)
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