USTA selects Harper for grant

October 31, 2014

The United States Tennis Association recently announced Harper College has been selected to receive a $10,000 grant through its Facility Assistance Program.

The USTA funds will be used to offset the College's cost to resurface Harper's 12 outdoor tennis courts. The project was completed over the summer.

One aim of the grant is to promote youth tennis in the community. To help achieve that goal, Harper added blended lines to the surface (the new lines are a painted slightly lighter shade of blue than the rest of the surface) to create the option for smaller, youth-sized tennis courts.

The White Plains, N.Y.-based tennis organization said the grant also aims to provide communities access to safe, appealing and functional tennis environments to promote lifelong healthy activity. Since 2005, the USTA Facility Assistance Program has helped build more than 35,000 tennis courts across the country.

"This is a great opportunity to cover some of the cost of the resurfacing while promoting youth tennis to the community," said Doug Spiwak, Director of Athletics and Fitness at Harper.

Harper's tennis courts, located on the far west side of the main campus in Palatine, are open to the public. They're also used for classes and by area high schools, park districts and camps. Though Harper doesn't have a tennis team, the College will also host the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Region IV Division 1 men's championship. Convenient parking is located in lots 13 and 14.

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