Irene Pollin, who owned the Washington Bullets and Wizards franchise for 46 years with her husband Abe, has died at the age of 96. The Wizards shared word of the news through social media on Wednesday.
On behalf of the Pollin Family, we share the sad news that philanthropist, psychotherapist, former Wizards, Capitals and Mystics Owner Irene Pollin has passed away.— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) July 29, 2020
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/UcRWk6UcX0
"On behalf of the Pollin Family, we share the sad news that philanthropist, psychotherapist, former Wizards, Capitals and Mystics Owner Irene Pollin has passed away," the tweet read. "Rest in peace."
The Pollin's purchased the Baltimore Bullets in 1964 and later moved the team to Washington D.C. Besides being involved with the basketball franchise, Irene Pollin played in bringing the Washington Capitals and Washington Mystics to the nation's capital. while helping create the Captial Centre and what is now Capital One Arena.
During the time of their ownership, Irene Pollin was part of the 1978 NBA Championship team in Washington. Prior to selling the team in 2010, the Pollins were the longest-tenured owners in the league.
Outside of the sports world, Pollin continued to make a large impact on society. Her biggest passion was helping women in the fight against heart problems. In 2000, Pollin established Sister to Sister: The Women's Heart Health Foundation, which acted as the first organization created to aid women in heart health, education and disease prevention.
Pollin also donated money to the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at John Hopkins, among many other charities and organizations.
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