Mount Sequoyah celebrates renovated tennis courts

Attendees of the June 12 ribbon cutting at Mount Sequoyah’s renovated tennis courts participate in drills led by area tennis coaches. COURTESY PHOTO

Attendees of the June 12 ribbon cutting at Mount Sequoyah’s renovated tennis courts participate in drills led by area tennis coaches.
COURTESY PHOTO

Mount Sequoyah Center, Inc. on June 12 marked the completion of its tennis court renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The renovation project will provide the community with needed tennis programming at a safe, convenient and welcoming location.

The celebration included snacks prepared by the retreat center’s new executive chef, Shannon French; tennis drills and games led by Fayetteville tennis coaches; and open swim time in the center’s pool.

“Mount Sequoyah is dedicated not only spreading the game of tennis in Fayetteville, but to also enhance more wholesome, family programming on our campus,” said program director Emily Gentry.

Improvements included resurfacing the courts, replacing the nets, installing a court valet, water remover and courtside benches. Upgrades to the parking area and sidewalk leading to the courts allow better wheelchair access, as well.

Three separate grants supported the project. The United States Tennis Association and the Arkansas Patrons Foundation each awarded grants specifically designated to make needed facilities improvements to create and grow community tennis programming. Mount Sequoyah then doubled those funds with a matching grant from the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. UMFA’s four-year, $300,000 matching grant began in 2013 and supports repairs, maintenance and upgrades of Mount Sequoyah’s current facilities, processes and programs.

For information about Mount Sequoyah’s programs and amenities, contact Emily Gentry at emily.gentry@mountsequoyah.org or 479-443-4531.

Mount Sequoyah Center, Inc. is a nonprofit founded by the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church in 1922. Overlooking downtown Fayetteville, the campus includes 32 acres of historic buildings, meeting spaces, hotel-like cottages and recreational facilities. Both local and non-local guests visit Mount Sequoyah for church retreats, corporate training, family reunions, weddings and overnight lodging.