Major Tennis Court Renovation at PSC to Benefit College Athletes and Community [9/24/14]
The Prairie State College (PSC) tennis courts are undergoing a much-needed repair and resurfacing this year, thanks to generous support from St. James Health and Wellness Institute.
The courts were last repaired in 1996, and over the years, the surface has deteriorated, cracks have formed and perimeter fencing posts have heaved, making the courts unplayable. As a result, the PSC team has had to hold most practices and matches off-campus at area high schools and health clubs.
The repair will include fixing the cracks, replacing the net posts, leveling the depressions and applying new asphalt to the courts. Each court will then be coated with a two color scheme. The renovations are scheduled to begin soon, and the goal is to have the courts ready by the end of the fall semester.
“This improvement will allow our athletic tennis team to utilize all the available courts for practice and official games,” said PSC Tennis Coach and Professor Patrick Reichard. “We’ll have a place to practice right after school and over the summer. We will finally have a home court advantage for conference matches. But, more importantly, it will give us a chance to start a woman’s team next fall,” he added.
The renovations are made possible by a generous donation from St. James Health and Wellness Institute. Susan M. Johnson, executive director, said, “I am so pleased that St. James Health and Wellness Institute has been able to support the repair of Prairie State College’s tennis courts. We are excited to see them used by the college athletes as well as our members and the community!”
Reichard says the tennis court renovations also will benefit students in the area high schools. In addition to the partnership with St. James Health and Wellness Institute, the courts also will be used for practices and matches by Bloom High School students as they start a tennis team.
PSC President Dr. Terri Winfree says this collaboration further illustrates PSC’s commitment to the community.
“We are grateful to St. James Health and Wellness Institute for their generous donation to this important recreational facility, and proud that we can together help the community and its students in achieving their fitness goals,” she said.