After six months of planning and hard work, new tennis courts were unveiled Tuesday at Oakcrest Elementary School that will be open not just to students but to the entire community.
Escambia County District 3 Commissioner Lumon May sees the new tennis courts as an opportunity to open up more assets to the community so citizens can fully enjoy their community.
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“My goal is to teach children the game of tennis and allow them to network and communicate. But as we look at scholarship opportunities across the country to lift children out of poverty, education is a great equalizer,” May said. .
“Tennis is traditionally something that African Americans don’t participate in, but there are so many scholarships and opportunities. So my hope with this court is to open up an arena for young people and a great opportunity to practice this sport while being in good physical health.”
Free tennis balls and racquets will be provided and the courts will be open after school until 6:00 p.m. and during weekends and summer from sunrise to sunset.
Leroy Williams, Escambia County Community Center Coordinator with the Department of Neighborhood and Social Services, is thrilled at the opportunity for students to try a sport that hasn’t always been the norm for them. .
“I think it’s major for District 3, but it’s even more major for our entire community because it’s the only tennis court of its kind where it caters to kids ages 5-12,” said Williams. “It’s phenomenal. You can’t find that anywhere else.”