Chaminade Julienne celebrated the opening of the Eagle Tennis Center Thursday, September 15 as the women's team hosted the school’s first-ever home tennis match on campus. A short dedication program — including a ceremonial first serve — was held right before the matches against Beavercreek began.
The six-court arena is the first new competition venue to open on campus in nearly 60 years since the gymnasium and auditorium were added in 1952. 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. It will accompany Blue Green Field and the $1.6 million Student Conditioning Center, two training and practice facilities built in 2010.
“For three months we have been watching the process of a parking lot being turned into a first-class tennis center in downtown Dayton,” said Jim Brooks, head coach for men’s and women’s tennis.
“Not only will these courts give us a convenient place to practice and play matches, it will be a source of authentic pride for the entire CJ community as we explore ways to use and share what we have,” he said.
Located at the northwest corner of Ludlow and Franklin Streets, the Eagle Tennis Center will accommodate practice and competition for men’s and women’s tennis, physical education courses, community events and alumni activities said Dan Meixner, president.
“The tennis facility is going to bring community members together on campus to celebrate our students’ accomplishments,” he said. Additionally, students will now have the opportunity to take tennis as part of a new unit added to the Physical Education curriculum.
“The Eagles Tennis Center on South Ludlow Street is a highly visible representation of CJ’s commitment to the Dayton region and downtown, in particular,” Meixner said. Its grand opening on September 15 represents the latest campus transformation following the August demolition of The Faust building, located on Washington Street
“I’m excited that our men’s and women’s tennis teams, which have experienced tremendous success throughout the school’s history, will now be able to experience what having home field advantage truly means,” he said.
The Eagles (2-0 GGCL, 2-1 overall) were handed their first loss of the season, losing to the Beavers 3-2.