Chaminade Julienne held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new tennis facilities Tuesday morning, a project which is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. The six-court tennis venue represents the latest expansion of campus student activity areas.
Fully-funded from a generous gift by a CJ family, this newest addition is part of the school’s long-term campus master plan of land acquisition and development. Blue Green Field opened in the spring of 2010 while the Student Conditioning Center, a $1.6 million renovation project, opened in August 2010.
“Our campus master plan is predicated on maximizing the opportunities our students have on campus for the activities that are an important part of the Catholic educational experience at Chaminade Julienne,” said Dan Meixner, CJ president.
Located at the northwest corner of Ludlow and Franklin Streets, the new facility will accommodate practice and competition for men’s and women’s tennis, physical education courses, community tennis events and alumni activities.
“The tennis facility is an important part of the project not only because of the influence it will have on those of us in the community, but also because it serves as a symbol of all that has led us to this point and all that is to come as we bring more life and activity to our 15 acre campus.”
During the ceremony, Meixner thanked students, alumni, and members of CJ’s Board of Trustees in attendance including Peter Haley, chair, who addressed the crowd.
“Once and for all we can say when an opposing team comes here to CJ that we have the home court advantage,” Haley said.