Twelve tennis facilities across the United States were honored this week for excellence in construction and/or renovations, and two of those clubs are local to the USTA Middle States Section.
Cherry Hill Health and Racquet Club (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Sea Colony Tennis (Bethany Beach, Del.) were both named USTA Facility Award recipients and will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City Sept. 1.
“Great tennis facilities help us to grow the game at the grass-roots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive of Community Tennis at the USTA.
Cherry Hill Health and Racquet Club (CHHRC) and Sea Colony will join 10 other facilities to accept awards at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting. To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation, or be a private or commercially owned and operated facility that offers both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.
CHHRC runs numerous USTA programs, and for years has been involved with a wheelchair tennis program that’s helped bring numerous individuals into the game. It is the largest tennis and multi-sport facility in the Delaware Valley, encompassing more than 160,000 square feet. In addition to tennis, kids have access to other activities like karate, gymnastics, basketball leagues and swimming, as well as summer camps. CHHRC hosts numerous tennis events each year, including the Father-Son National Tennis Indoor Championships.
Sea Colony Tennis, with a unique location near the Atlantic Ocean, recently underwent a $2.2 million renovation. The facility offers high-quality programs for all ages and widely supports USTA programs, including USTA League Tennis, 10 and Under Tennis, Tournaments, Tennis On Campus and a yearly USTA Pro Circuit event. Sea Colony has a strong commitment to community outreach and works with the Para-Olympics, Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Club and more.
Both CHHRC and Sea Colony are Middle States Premier Providers.
Facilities across the country are judged by the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics, graphics; amenities; food services and social areas and the facilities participation in USTA programs.