CASPER, Wyoming (Wyoming News Now) – Neither Kelly Walsh nor Natrona County High School have their own tennis courts. A fact that Casper Community Tennis Association secretary Angela Emery said was “unusual” for a town the size of Casper in Wyoming.
This is the motivation of the Casper Community Tennis Association to organize Thursday a “Concert on the courts with Jalan Crossland”. The event aims to raise funds for a new 10 tennis court facility that the Kelly Walsh County and Natrona tennis teams could use.
Currently, teams train in separate facilities disconnected from schools. Kelly Walsh trains at the Casper Country Club and Natrona County works out on the Washington Park courts. Both schools have strong “no-cut” tennis programs.
Emery said it was a “20-year” process to give schools their own courts.
“The time is right. Now is the time for a new tennis facility here,” Emery said in an interview Wednesday at the Washington Park tennis courts. “Our kids deserve it. Our community deserves it, so this concert aims to raise awareness and raise important funds to make this dream come true. ”
“Concert at the Courts with Jalan Crossland” will be organized at the Casper Country Club from 5pm. Crossland will take the stage at 7 p.m.
The event is free and donations are encouraged to raise funds for the new tennis facilities on offer.
The festivities will also include food and drink, and there will be an alumni challenge against current Trojan and Mustang tennis players.
Senior tennis player Kelly Walsh Jackson Catchpole said he was “excited” for the event and it “would mean a lot” to see everyone supporting the tennis programs.
Catchpole will never be able to play on the potential new courts as a competitive home player, but he said the idea of having them would give schools and players “a lot of pride”.
“A lot of schools around Wyoming, in fact all of them, have their own tennis courts,” Catchpole said. “And you just see the school coming together because I mean it’s right there.” Your whole school can come. They can support you.
The event will also include a free children’s tennis clinic when the doors open.
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