Irene Pollin, the former co-owner of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals and Washington Mystics, died Tuesday at her home in Amherst, Massachusetts, according to WTOP. She was 96.
Pollin co-owned the NBA, NHL and WNBA franchises along with her husband Abe. Abe Pollin died in 2009 and Irene Pollin sold the Wizards to Ted Leonsis, who had also purchased the Capitals and Mystics years earlier.
Beyond sports, Irene Pollin was active in the community — founding Sister to Sister: The Women’s Heart Health Foundation in 2000. She also donated $30 million in 2013 to three separate hospitals to fight heart disease.
Abe Pollin purchased the Chicago Zephyrs in 1963, moving them to Baltimore and renaming them the Bullets. The franchise won its only championship in 1978, when the Bullets defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in six games.
The Capitals were founded in 1974, while the Mystics were established in 1998.
The Pollins also were instrumental in bringing those teams back to the District, building the MCI Center (now Capital One Arena) in 1997.
Irene Pollin is survived by two children, Robert and James, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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