This thread brings back special memories for me-it was the first time I met Alfajeffster,
and of course we got to interview Pauline Betz during the Olympic Games of 04!
Pauline was a great champion of course, but what I walked away with was the impression that she was a person of quality.
Recently Pauline's indoor tennis facility at Cabin John got a facelift and was named the Pauline Betz Tennis Center. The site includes pics of Pauline.
It's a Grand Slam: The Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center Celebration
Photos by Benjamin H. Woods, David Pullen and John Yanson
Distinguished guests on the dais (left to right): Pauline Betz Addie, Billie Jean King
Isiah Leggett, Mary Bradford, Frank Hatten, Royce Hanson, Phil Andrews.
Guest of honor
Pauline Betz Addie with a bouquet of red roses.
Pauline Betz Addie with her children,
grandchildren and Billie Jean King.
Billie Jean King, Pauline Betz Addie, Isiah Leggett and Mary Bradford unveil the new portrait of Pauline by artist Marilyn Kiel.
More than 350 people came together on May 1 to celebrate the life and career of tennis champion Pauline Betz Addie at the newly renamed Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center at Cabin John Regional Park. Former students, family members and fans of Betz Addie, local dignitaries, and tennis great Billie Jean King gathered to honor the Wimbledon champ and six-time Grand Slam winner at the indoor tennis facility she helped to build and managed for 20+ years in Bethesda, Maryland.
The afternoon kicked off with tennis games, including "Beat the Pro" with instructors Abdul Jordan and Eric Zatman from the tennis center, and "Clock Your Serve" with Park Police Officer Sabrina Oglesby (using her radar gun only for good). There were refreshments for all, and goody bags filled with treats including a Washington Kastles coffee mug and a commemorative tennis keychain. As the crowd assembled, special guest Billie Jean King graciously signed programs, tennis balls, and most everything that the crowd presented to her.
Cake featuring Pauline Betz Addie's
TIME magazine cover from September 2, 1946.
And the crowd goes wild for Pauline Betz Addie!
The ceremony began at 4:30 p.m. with remarks, tributes and shout-outs to Pauline Betz Addie from mistress of ceremonies and Director of Parks Mary Bradford, Planning Board Chairman Royce Hanson, County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Council Vice President Phil Andrews (quite a tennis player himself!), Montgomery County Tennis Association President Frank Hatten, and tennis great Billie Jean King. The door prize winners were thrilled with their treasures (a 1940s vintage "Jokari" paddle endorsed and autographed by Pauline Betz Addie, a tennis racquet autographed by Billie Jean King, and four tickets to a Washington Kastles match), awarded by Hanson, Leggett and Andrews. Billie Jean King delivered a warm tribute to Betz Addie, then helped to unveil the beautiful new portrait of Pauline by artist Marilyn Kiel. The portrait will hang permanently in the tennis center, just across from the new 22-foot timeline mural of Betz Addie's life in tennis and next to a replica of Betz Addie's 1946 Wimbledon trophy. Finally, Pauline Betz Addie took the microphone, thanking all the people who had helped her--in tennis and life--throughout the years. Her self-deprecating wit got a lot of laughs, and the crowd gave this lovely, unassuming champion a well-deserved standing ovation.
Pauline with family members in front of
the center's new canopy and
spiffy new entrance, designed by
Terry Brooks and Emma Anderson.
Future tennis champs in front of the new Park sign.
More future pros, in front of the center's new sign,
designed by John Yanson.
New 22-foot timeline mural of Pauline Betz Addie's
life in tennis inside the center, designed by Kenzie Raulin.
After the ceremony, Joe Mesmer, tennis director at Columbia Country Club and Vice President of the MCTA, with Washington Kastles owner and entrepreneur Mark Ein, challenged all comers to a rip-roaring rotating doubles match. The girls from Madeira School gave the two gentlemen a run for their money! After more autographs and fond farewells, our guests departed, leaving behind the "new" Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center at Cabin John Regional Park. Here's hoping that the spirit, talent and drive of Pauline Betz Addie will fill the center and all who play there.
Heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who helped make this day possible:
- Pauline Betz Addie
- The many talented and hard-working employees of Montgomery Parks
- Frank Hatten and David Pullen from the Montgomery County Tennis Association
- Billie Jean King, Diane Stone, Delaine Mast, and area members and supporters of World Team Tennis
- County Executive Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Council Vice President Phil Andrews and Planning Board Chairman Royce Hanson
- Trish Gill and Jim Childers from the Montgomery County Department of Recreation
- Rick and Joan Addie, Gary and Colleen Addie, and Kim Addonizio
- Mark Ein, Jessica Jacobs, Tim Kopper and everyone with the Washington Kastles
- Joe Mesmer
- Robert Arner
- Kenzie Raulin
- Joanie Agler at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI
- Millie West at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's Hall of Fame in Williamsburg, VA
- Molly Hahn, Trisha Judge and the champion 2007 New England Addie Cup Team
- Evelyn Fine
- Carol Wood
- Lori Ito Hardenbergh at Sidwell Friends
- and anyone not on this list who should be.
Thank you all for making this such a special occasion for Pauline Betz Addie and the Montgomery County tennis community