Tennis court project gets local support

Posted on May 16, 2017

Businesses, organizations and individuals are opening up their checkbooks to support the new tennis court complex being built at St. Clair High School. 

“This is an exciting time and a great project,” said Dave Clutts, head coach of boys and girls tennis at the high school. Work began on the project two weeks ago, and Clutts hopes the new complex is ready for the start of the fall tennis season. The current tennis court complex was originally built in the 1970’s and was in dire need of replacement.  Clutts added that during last year’s tennis season the courts were in such poor condition that the team wasn’t able to host any home matches. 

The new eight court complex is getting a broad base of donations from local organizations such as the Rotary Club of St. Clair, Cargill, Otsi Keta Capital, St. Clair Women’s League, Advanced Orthopedics, John A. Biewer Company, Michigan Mutual and Fifth Third Bank.

The project was kicked off with a $500,000 grant from the St. Clair based endowment funds of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County. Lezlynne Moore, a board member of those funds and avid tennis player, said, “I’m thrilled at the response from other donors so far who are making gifts towards the initial phase of this project.” 

The initial phase will cost approximately $600,000 and include eight courts, fencing and some lighting to allow for evening and nighttime play. Clutts said if enough donations and pledges are secured, additional amenities could be added in the future including bleachers and restrooms. 

Checks can to made payable to the Community Foundation with Tennis Courts in the memo line, and sent to 500 Water Street, Port Huron, MI 48060.

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