Irene Pollin is known to many as sport  team and arena owner but her legacy is  far greater. Having lost two children she set up a medical crisis counseling center at Washington Hospital Center where she saw patients after completing graduate training. Through her charitable giving she helped change how women are diagnosed and treated for heart disease. Mrs. Pollin and her husband Abe saw their sports teams as a community asset which could bring the community together and be an agent of  social change. Current sports teams owners could learn from them.

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