PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh capped off hosting the Mylan WTT Smash Hits Tennis charity event by the women's tennis team being honored by tennis legend Billie Jean King and music icon Sir Elton John for their continued academic success on Tuesday at the Petersen Events Center.
The Panthers were recognized in between the fourth and fifth match of the celebrity event. Pitt tennis has had the highest team GPA for the past two years, which earned them the right to share the court with exclusive company.
During the charity event, which raised more than $1 million dollars; its most ever at a Mylan WTT Smash Hits event, fans were treated to matches which featured John, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.
Team Bille Jean King, alongside co-captain Franco Harris, consisted of Agassi, Graf, Mark Knowles, Christina McHale and Samantha Crawford. They defeated team John, co-captained by Anna Kournikova, which featured Roddick, Navratilova, Taylor Townsend and Jan-Michael Gambill. Team Billie Jean won 19-17 and evened the all-time series at 10-10.
The proceeds of tonight's events will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, a foundation that has raised millions and millions of dollars for AIDS research.
"If people are going to give you money, whether it's a dollar, if its fifty cents from a kid's pocket, or a million dollars, you have to treat that money with respect," John said. "It's hard earned and you have to treat it, really, you cannot waste any of it, and that's what I'm most proud about."