The Greater San Diego Tennis Council is a charitable association with goals of restoring and resurfacing tennis courts all over San Diego County. Over the recent school break, the council held a ceremony celebrating the future renovation of the tennis courts at Roosevelt IB Middle School. The Greater San Diego Tennis Council plans to make many improvements including resurfacing the courts and replacing metal nets with traditional tennis nets.
Past NBA pro, TV sportscaster and local resident of San Diego, Bill Walton was a huge supporter of the initiative and attended the ceremony. “I am proud, privileged, honored, humbled and most fortunate to be directly involved in this wonderful project,” said Walton. “We owe our children the best, and this is a huge step in the right direction.”
Not only does the Tennis Council plan remodel the run-down tennis courts, they want to change the sand-surface field to a more multi-purpose grass park. The renovations will hopefully deliver an improved environment for the students as well as the public.
The principal of Roosevelt IB Middle School expressed his excitement for the project, “It’s an honor to be a part of this collaborative effort to support academics and athleticisms. We encourage our students to find a sport they like and become good at it so they might compete for academic and athletic scholarships to college one day.”
As of now, the tennis courts are asphalt-surfaced and the tennis nets that are presently installed are metal and possibly unsafe.
The tennis courts will be transformed into the advanced, two-toned hard court surface and the metal nets will be replaced with conventional tennis nets. The new courts will also be lined in accordance with the USTA`s “10 and under tennis” guidelines to give the younger children a chance to learn and enjoy the game.
Ben Press, president of the Greater San Diego City Tennis Council stated, “As an alumnus of Roosevelt Middle School, I remember playing on two white cement tennis courts. Now four tennis courts will be renovated for the enjoyment of students and community members for many years to come.”
Thanks to the generosity of the Greater San Diego Tennis Council, the San Diego District, foundations and private donors, students and community members are going to be able have an enriched experience at Roosevelt IB Middle School. Hopefully this initiative will spark the renovation of other tennis courts in San Diego and other cities.