Sister to Sister mourns the passing of Abe Pollin, husband of Chairman and Founder Irene Pollin

November 25, 2009

Abe Pollin 1923–2009

Sister to Sister mourns the passing of Abe Pollin, husband of Sister to Sister’s Chairman and Founder Irene Pollin. Mr. Pollin, longtime Washington Wizards owner and prominent philanthropist, died at age 85 of corticobasal degeneration, a rare brain disorder that impairs movement and balance.

Mr. Pollin Tribute

NBA Commissioner David Stern:

“With Abe Pollin’s passing, the NBA family has lost its most revered member, whose stewardship of the Wizards franchise, together with his wife Irene, has been a study in unparalleled dedication to the city of Washington. During his illness he fought with a determination and valor that will remain an inspiration to all. We extend our deepest sympathies to Irene and his two sons, to whom he was so very devoted, and to the entire Pollin family.”

Script for Moment of Silence During the Wizards Pre-Game PA Announcement:

“Ladies and gentlemen…earlier today, the Washington Wizards family, Washington, DC and the entire world of sports lost one of its finest. The patriarch of what he fondly called ‘The Capital Centre Family’, Mr. Abe Pollin, passed away at the age of 85. A man that will forever be remembered as the owner of the Washington Wizards and Verizon Center, Pollin also formerly owned and operated the Washington Capitals, the Washington Mystics, and the Capital Centre, among other successful business ventures. Along with his wife Irene, through 46 years of ownership of the franchise as the longest tenured owners in the NBA, the Pollins were at the center of it all as the NBA exploded in growth from a small, regional league to a worldwide phenomenon. Mr. Pollin reached the pinnacle of his profession with the Washington Bullets World Championship in 1978, but for all that he accomplished in sports, his accomplishments in life were even greater. It’s only fitting that during this week of Thanksgiving, we give thanks to a man that never stopped sharing his thanks for all of the blessings that this world afforded him. Please join us in a long moment of silence for a great sportsman, businessman and philanthropist, without whom we wouldn’t be assembled in this grand venue tonight; Mr. Abe Pollin.”

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