The shout of "Tennis Anyone?" will soon be heard again at Caesar Rodney High School.
School Officials, student-athletes and representatives from the United State Tennis Association-Delaware District officially re-opened the renovated tennis courts at the Camden-area High School Friday afternoon.
According to Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, seven courts were fully restored and an eighth court was added in front of the Riders' football stadium."Our goal is to help you, our tennis players, to have the best possible facilities to help you to become the best tennis players you can become," he told the audience.
The courts surfaces were previously red in color, were well-used, and were beginning to show cracks. But the sparkling new courts were fully resurfaced, new netting was installed, and the surfaces are now blue and green. Fitzgerald said that usually a major renovation involves a referendum for funding, but that was not the case this time.
Funding for the project was provided, in part, by the USTA, which has a facilities assistance program.
"This is our third assistance program in the state of Delaware," said Pete Rigby, the USTA-Delaware District representative. "We have provided funding for the Charter School of Wilmington and Newark High School.
So this is what we've been doing the last two years is to find out which public high school need help in upgrading their courts, not only for the students, which is important, but also for the surrounding community," he said.
Rigby added that it's important for the growth of tennis in Delaware to help the high schools in general and those that leave their courts open for public use after school hours.
In addition, now that the CR courts are in perfect shape, Rigby said the courts may be used for USTA sponsored programs starting in the spring, "We have a lot of adult programs and we have junior tennis leagues."
The USTA recently developed a program for very young tennis players which features a small court, lower nets and smaller racquets for beginner players. The program is called "Ten and Under Tennis". Four of the CR courts will be used for the youth tennis.
After the brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, member of the Riders boys and girls tennis teams took a few minutes to try out the courts. The players beamed with pride and happiness while playing on their new home courts.