Sneaker Ball XI

Photo by Janet Donovan

"I’m wearing Ruthie Davis shoes,” said guest Harriet Fowler – one out of 400 attending the SneakerBall XI at The National Building Museum.  “They’re phenomenal.  She’s actually my mom’s cousin.  They’re very high, very comfortable and perfect. I had to wear them!”

SneakerBall is the only black tie and sneakers gala that annually celebrates the best of sports in the Greater Washington, DC region, “organized to recognize and benefit the Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation, the non-profit foundation of the Sports Alliance that uses the philanthropic generosity of individual and corporate donors to make strategic investments in emerging non-profits that use sports to enhance children’s lives,” according to their mission statement.

This year the honorees were Sheila Johnson with the Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Community Impact Award; Washington Redskin London Fletcher into the Hall of Champions and Katie Ledecky with the DC Sportsperson of the Year Award.

“This is truly an honor,” said Johnson.  “As I look around the room, I can’t help but notice what remarkable accomplishments this event has achieved. On behalf of Monumental Sports and Entertainment, I am humbled and thankful for this recognition, especially since named after a local hero – Joe Robert.”