After years of planning and fundraising, Prairie Vista’s tennis courts are back open!
The South Bend Racquet Club provided the lessons and Urban Swirl donated frozen yogurt treats to help cool the students off.
Tennis “Fun Day” was a great way to celebrate the year-and-a-half long and $36,000 in fundraising project. It was a proud moment for those who had volunteered either their time in planning and/or clean-up, as well as those who contributed financially.
The surface of all four courts had become “unplayable” because of extensive cracking. The costs of maintenance and repair had greatly increased since Penn-Harris-Madison first built the courts. Thanks to some dedicated Puma parents and community support private dollars were raised for the project, helping the School Corporation to bridge the funding gap. The goal … to have the courts resurfaced to tennis competition grade!
Now Prairie Vista students will be able to learn to play tennis as part of the PE curriculum and also have access to the courts as a part of after school programs.
As a community project this means members of the Granger community and neighbors of the school will also be able to use the courts to play tennis. The upgraded courts will also make it possible for USTA to hold small, entry level tournaments at our school. Penn High School’s girl’s tennis team also plans to hold a free beginners tennis camp during the summer.
Project Financial Support
Lead Contributors ($10,000+)
UTSA Midwest, Northern Indiana Section
Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation
Major Contributors ($500+)
Steve and Lisa Gerber
Robert and Jan Hoenk
Dave and Jen Ludwig
Rolan and Cynthia Pascual
Chris and Cindy Shepherd
Ironwood Family Dentistry
JSK Development, Inc.
Lionshead Specialty Tire & Wheel, LLC
Prairie Vista PTO
Prairie Vista and its neighboring community are very grateful for the many additional donors and volunteers, too numerous to list here, that made this project possible.
We are extremely grateful to all of those who have donated their time in planning and cleanup hours, as well as funding to this project. This project is a perfect example of P-H-M’s “Triangle of Success”—connecting, students, teachers and parents to make remarkable things happen in our school district.
We also thank Leslie Coatings, an Indianapolis firm that specializes in the resurfacing of outdoor sports facilities, for performing the work and doing such a wonderful job.