October 28, 2016:
United States Tennis Association Grant Makes Major Court Renovation Possible
Schoolcraft College received an $8,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to improve the quality of the college’s tennis courts. The courts were badly cracked, impeding competitive play and posing physical dangers for students and tournament players using the courts. With the funds from the USTA, Schoolcraft College was able to resurface the courts, including leveling, filling the cracks, resurfacing and painting new playing lines. According to John Wright, executive director of facilities operations, the renovations filled approximately 752 linear feet of cracks and repaired 220 “bird baths” (depressions that hold water).
The tennis courts at Schoolcraft College are used by students, staff and the community through a variety of programs: tennis classes for college students, adults and juniors; USTA Junior Tournaments: USTA Adult Summer Leagues: and court rentals to local high schools, community groups and the USTA.
“Without these renovations, we may have needed to curtail some of the programming out of safety and playability concerns,” said Leslie Petty, associate dean, Continuing Education and Professional Development.