Amplify: Edmond Center Court Receives USTA’s highest honor: Facility of theYear
Edmond Center Court was one of 33 honorees in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) annual Outstanding Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis
facilities and programming throughout the country. Out of that pool,
USTA chooses one facility to highlight as the premier facility. Edmond
Center Court was honored on Sunday, March 5 as the 2022 Facility of the
Edmond Center Court has 24 lighted outdoor courts, six
climate-controlled indoor courts, and a state-of-the-art clubhouse.
David and Lisa Minihan operate the facility which was built as a
partnership with the City of Edmond and Edmond Public Schools in 2020.
“Edmond Center Court is proud to serve as home to Edmond high school
players as well as a teaching and recreation facility. We also host
dozens of major events each year, including 1,000 USTA League matches,
OSSAA, NCAA and ITA championship events, as well as USTA national
tournaments,” said David.
Weekly junior programming at Edmond Center Court features approximately
500 players, and it is also home to Play It Forward Tennis, a USTA
Foundation NJTL chapter that provides free instruction and equipment to
players from underserved communities as well as special needs players.
“Great tennis facilities like Edmond Center Court help us to grow the
game at the grassroots level and we are proud to recognize them for
their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Craig Morris, Chief
Executive, Community Tennis, USTA.
Josh Moore, Edmond City Council and Tourism Advisory Board Member said,
“Edmond Center Court tournaments attract players from around the world
and elevate Edmond as a tennis community.” Most recently, professional
players competed for $15,000 at the USTA Men’s Pro Circuit Tournament
To be considered for an USTA award, facilities must be under the
jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational
institution, a nonprofit corporation or be a private or commercially
owned and-operated facility that offers both USTA and public programming
designed to help grow tennis. Nominated facilities were voted on in the
following categories: public courts that are either small tennis centers
with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; private
facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game”
programs open to the public; and educational institutions such as
colleges, universities, public and private grade schools, middle schools
or high schools.