A student-led effort to enhance tennis facilities at Bethany College has resulted in a fundraising campaign that has nearly reached its initial goal of $400,000.
Students representing the Bethany tennis program and student government worked with members of the Bethany Office of Advancement to propose the improvement project at a recent board of directors meeting. Since then, the committee has worked with alumni, friends and organizations to raise 94 percent of the estimated $400,000 for the first phase of the project. The Swede Government Association was the first to pledge to the campaign with a gift of $50,000.
The proposed improvements include replacing the existing four courts, which are unusable now for tournaments, with six new courts in the first phase. The second phase of the proposal includes a building, bleachers and lighting.
The improvements will free up court time in the community by providing Bethany students more access to courts on campus, add to the improvements currently underway on the north end of campus with the addition of the new residence hall that will open next fall and ultimately be a better reflection of the quality tennis program that has been a long tradition at Bethany College.
“I am very impressed with the hard work the students have put into this effort,” President Edward F. Leonard said recently. “The students involved in this project realize they will probably never benefit from the work they are doing now to make the improvements possible.”
To make a gift to the tennis facility improvement project go to the alumni page at www.bethanylb.edu or contact Doug Talbott in the advancement office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8276 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can offer support.