BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University Department of Athletics hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new on-campus tennis facility, located just north of FAU Arena, on Saturday.
FAU President John Kelly, Vice President and Director of Athletics Pat Chun as well as both the FAU men’s and women’s tennis teams were on hand to thank the generous donors who made this event possible.
The first competition to be held at the eight-court facility will be a women’s tennis match when the Owls play host to Miami (Ohio) on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. The men’s team will make its debut at the facility on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 against St. John’s at 11 a.m.
- Richard Sands – Lead Gift Donor, Seagate Hotel
- Dr. Charles Hennekens
- Dr. Michael Dennis
- Peter Schottland – American Packaging Corp.
- Howard Guggenheim
- Robert Utne
- Jackson Smart
- Karen Corcoran Walsh
- Paul and Kathy Atkins – Florida Peninsula Insurance
- Jean Mills
- Dr. John Westine
- David Culter
- Gary Bursevich
John Kelly, FAU President:
“Let me thank all of you so much, the players that make the sport so famous on this campus (and) those of you that are so generous. Richard (Sands), your generosity to start this project has really brought other people all through the community (together) to help us build something special for this university … so now this is our home turf, and I hope everyone will continue to come out and watch the teams play.”
Richard Sands, Lead Gift Donor:
“It never would have happened without a guy like Pat. The athletic director at a university like this is very, very important because they really determine what is going to be supported and what is not ... and how it’s going to be supported and what the expectations of the students are. (Pat) expects a great deal from the students but at the same time believes that all sports, for women and men, should be supported. When I found out that the school did not have a tennis program (with) on-campus courts, I couldn’t believe it, so I got really enthused.”
Pat Chun, FAU Vice President and Director of Athletics:
“It’s a historic day for Florida Atlantic University; a long-awaited dream by many comes to fruition today with the opening of these tennis courts. It can no longer be said that Florida Atlantic University is the only Division I tennis program without on-campus tennis courts.”