roland garros
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From a press release:

“To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tennis Channel’s coverage of the French Open, Tennis Channel has partnered with Trade Center Management Associates at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center to create the first U.S. public viewing space dedicated to the tournament here in our nation’s capital. The First Counsellor, Mr. Patrick Lachaussee, will speak briefly about sports diplomacy and then flip the switch on the viewing screen, officially opening the venue to the public. Remarks will also be provided by Robyn Miller, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Tennis Channel, and John P. Drew, President and CEO of Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA).

Events like these build a cultural bridge through sports, and Trade Center Management Associates, the manager of the Reagan Building’s daily activities, is proud to be hosting an event that helps further their mission of uniting the international and D.C. community.

Where: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

When: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM; Monday, May 23rd

What: Official opening of the first U.S. public viewing space dedicated to the French Open

This is a free, public event. A 14 ft. screen located at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza will show live coverage from Paris May 23-27 from 7 AM – 7 PM daily.

rock the red
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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Tomorrow, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Events DC and the Washington Capitals, including owner Ted Leonsis and alumni Rod Langway and Alan May, will come together to celebrate a historic NHL regular season and kickoff the upcoming playoffs during a Capitals ‘Rock the Red’ Fan Rally at Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.

The Mayor will also officially proclaim April 14th, the first day of the Capitals’ playoff run, as ‘Rock the Red’ Day in the District.

Capitals fans are invited to Carnegie Library from 1-3 p.m. to participate in the fan rally. In addition, the Capitals’ Rock the Red Ride of Fame bus will be on-site as well as Red Rockers, mascot Slapshot and food trucks. The event also features giveaways, music and other surprises. Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear red at this event.

Playoffs begin Thursday at the Verizon Center at 7 p.m., where the Capitals will host the Philadelphia Flyers. This is the fifth time the Capitals and Flyers have met in the postseason and the first playoff meeting between the teams since 2008. (more…)

Photo by Kiley

Well this turned out pretty freaking awesome. Kiley writes:

“Just casually watching a sumo wrestling match from our rooftop.”

Photo by Nicole

Nicole writes:

“Just got there for the very end of the event, but it was awesome and fun! This was right before the kid in the green jacket “fought” the “biggest man in Japanese history,” who is a 600 lb sumo champion.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Reana Kovalcik

Reana writes:

“Well, I had the coolest day ever ringside at #sumosunday.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Reana Kovalcik

Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

“Dear PoPville,

All of the nice weather has reminded me of the potentially wasted 200 dollars I spent for a season pass at Boating in DC – they lost the bid this year to operate out of the Key Bridge Boathouse. Navy Yard hasn’t had paddle boards in the past and National Harbor is a hike and a half without a car. Have you heard anything about who actually won the bid?”

From Paul of Boating in DC:
“We did not get the bid to operate the Key Bridge boathouse. It will be open under new management and we are working on having our season passes accepted there. We expect to have an answer before the season starts and will notify season pass holders.”

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From a press release:

“Nationals Host 2016 Racing Presidents Auditions on January 17

WHAT: Washington Nationals fans will have a chance to run for office when they try out to become one of the Racing Presidents on Sunday, January 17 at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

Candidates looking to fill the shoes of George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and Bill have been invited to the Youth Baseball Academy to perform a freestyle dance, run a 40-yard dash and participate in two races from center field to first base. In addition, each applicant will be required to answer questions from a panel of Nationals entertainment staff members.

Racing hopefuls were pre-selected from a pool of applicants who submitted their cover letter and resume. Participation in the tryout is by invitation only and not open to the public. Tryouts will take place regardless of weather conditions. (more…)

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From DPR:

“The fastest growing adult sport in the nation has arrived in DC. The “thwack” of a paddle on a pickleball is now being heard by new and experienced players at three DC Department of Parks Recreation (DPR) sites as a result of a new program. The first reaction is usually, “what is pickleball, and why should I be interested in learning to play?”

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of tennis, table tennis, and badminton. The court is smaller than a tennis court; it is the size of a doubles badminton court, and therefore easier for senior adults to play than traditional tennis.

Typically, four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, which looks like a wiffle ball, over a net. The game was invented in the mid-1960s as a backyard pastime, but it has become very popular among adults as a fun game for players of all levels, particularly active seniors. The game is great exercise, but it doesn’t require the speed and range of tennis. It’s a gentler game that is both social and competitive.

This exciting new program is offered at three pilot sites on three different days of the week: (more…)