Texarkana College gets funding for tennis courts

By Jade Cunningham | jcunningham@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/08 2014 07:27AM

Updated 07/08 2014 07:37AM

Texarkana College
The Red River Tennis Association (RRTA) presented a $10,000 donation to the Texarkana College Foundation to help the school revitalize their tennis courts.

The courts are located at the college's Pinkerton Recreation Center.

The check presentation ceremony, held in the lobby of the Nelson Administration building, included representatives of the RRTA who announced the newly formed collaboration to provide Texarkana College students along with members of the RRTA and the community greater access to quality tennis courts and recreational programs.

President of the RRTA, Bob Long, said, "We're glad to support the efforts of the College to provide a quality tennis program to the community. The courts are in great need of updating and members of our association recognize this effort as the necessary first step in making strides toward revitalizing the recreational tennis opportunities at the College."

The RRTA will work alongside college officials to develop recreational tennis programs that'll benefit the community as well as TC students.

"We are grateful to receive this generous donation to help update our tennis courts," said Texarkana College President, James Henry Russell. "The courts were built in 1969 and there are a lot of updates needed before they can be fully utilized again. Throughout the years, the courts have been home to area and regional tennis tournaments and have provided an affordable and accessible facility where students and community members can practice and play. The RRTA's support will allow us to continue to offer this service and to develop additional recreational opportunities."

The RRTA currently has close to 300 members and was founded in 1998 to promote the sport of tennis in the Texarkana area.

Persons interested in learning more about the Texarkana College Pinkerton Center may contact Debby Steifer at 903-823-3413.

For more information about the Texarkana College Foundation, please contact Katie Andrus by calling 903-823-3125.

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