The Penn State Shenango tennis courts, located north of the campus’ softball field on Alexander Place, are set to get a new look as early as this spring. After years of being unusable, the courts will take on an extended purpose when they are transformed into multi-courts. In addition to tennis, the courts will be functional for basketball, volleyball, roller hockey, and badminton.
“The students are really excited about the courts being refurbished and taking on a multi-purpose use,” stated Associate Director of Student Affairs Stephanie Chastain. “We have an active group of SGA [Student Government Association] students led by president Steve Lisko who got the project in motion. Once a feasibility study was completed, we learned that for approximately $40,000, we could have the courts renovated and made into multi-purpose courts allowing us to have basketball tournaments and additional intramural sporting events.”
The funding for the project is being underwritten by the University, the Shenango campus Student Activity Fee and by the campus’ Development Office through fundraising. To keep the cost down, the Student Government Association will also be helping with the project by laying the new court tile, piece by piece.
“I think this is a great project and the outcome will be terrific for our students,” stated Steve Hessmann, director of Development. “I hope to raise the necessary funds to begin the project by this spring. The fact that our students want to help with funding and laying the tiles, shows me how dedicated they are to our campus, and it makes me proud to go out and raise funds for this project.”
For more information about this and other projects at Penn State Shenango, please call Steve Hessmann at 742-983-2907.