Elizabethtown Tennis Commission donates $2100 to city and schools

The Elizabethtown Tennis Commission is buying 10 new nets for the courts at Freeman Lake Park and also paying for net replacements at John Hardin and Central Hardin high schools.

The commission had been stockpiling money for equipment purchases, Chairman Bo O’Brien said, and wanted to thank city government and local schools for support and access to the courts for its events, which include the State Farm E’town Open.

“We go to meetings statewide and we are the envy of the state for what the city does to help promote tennis in the city of Elizabethtown,” O’Brien said.

The 10 courts at Freeman Lake recently were reworked and “look like new courts again,” he said.

The commission’s $1,500 check to the city will cover new nets on all 10 courts there. Elizabethtown also has eight lighted courts at University Drive Park, four courts at American Legion Park and provides indoor tennis opportunities in winter months at Pritchard Community Center.

Mayor Edna Berger expressed appreciation to O’Brien for the work of the commission and for the contribution.

“Do you know how rare it is for someone to give us money?” she said.

O’Brien also reached out to the schools because commission events use their facilities at times.

“We truly appreciate the partnership between our district and the E’town Tennis Commission,” Hardin County Schools Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “The commission provides our coaches and student-athletes a great support system that helps them become better tennis players. The ETC’s stewardship provides our students with more opportunities to succeed. We are grateful to Mr. O’Brien and the other people with the commission for giving their time, talent and treasure to our students.”

O’Brien said support for its three annual signature events, including sponsor relationships with State Farm, etownapartments.com and Hilliard-Lyons, allowed the organization to give back to the community.

The Elizabethtown Tennis Commission is affiliated with the U.S. Tennis Association. In its effort to promote tennis, the commission also provides a variety of youth and adult leagues and activities, including beginners’ lessons.

Ben Sheroan can be reached at 270-505-1764 or bsheroan@thenewsenterprise.com