First Lady Michelle Obama watches Serena Williams warm up for her singles match against the Boston Lobsters.
SOUTHWEST -- Washington Kastles
mascot Slice had to share the spotlight with two equally beloved leading ladies on Thursday evening during the D.C. tennis team’s 25-10 victory over the Boston Lobsters, which was led by tennis great Serena Williams
and attended by First Lady Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama quietly snuck into Kastles Stadium just before the national anthem and stayed throughout.
The Kastles’ third match of the season (Venus Williams
headlined the opener against the Kansas City Explorers on Tuesday), last night’s overwhelming win was witnessed by close to 3,000 cheering fans at the team’s newly constructed
waterfront home, appropriately named Kastles Stadium at The Wharf.
Serena Williams dominated her Boston opponents both in doubles and singles.
Washington Kastles owner and D.C. technology venture capitalist Mark Ein
had generously agreed to donate 10% of the proceeds from select ticket sales to last night’s sold-out match to the Fashion for Paws
program of the Washington Humane Society
, which cares for nearly 30,000 area animals each year through a broad range of programs and services.
Fashion for Paws volunteers man a Washington Humane Society table.
Among the guests in attendance were First Family members Michelle, Sasha, and Malia Obama, AOL
founder Jim Kimsey
, Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling
, former Washington Wizard Caron Butler
, FOX News’ recently hired Chief White House Correspondent, Ed Henry
Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams
, White House chef Sam Kass
Sports Director Brett Haber
anchor Steve Chenevey
, and philanthropist Annette Lerner
FOX News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry (in blue).
AOL Founder Jim Kimsey.
After the conclusion of the match – Serena Williams’ first sanctioned one since the 2009 U.S. Open – team members, sponsors, and Fashion for Paws supporters, including the Williams family (elder sister Isha Price
cheered her sibling on), Ein, and Kastles Coach Murphy Jensen
, gathered at restaurateur Alan Popovsky
’s popular Lincoln
restaurant for a late dinner and an endless round of celebratory toasts.
Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein and Coach Murphy Jensen celebrate at the team’s after party at Lincoln.
Spearheaded by John McEnroe
, the Washington Kastles take on the New York Sportimes next on July 12th. Sorry Topspin! You’ll have to share the limelight too…