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Former student-athletes spur renovation

Jun 5, 2008 8:12:51 AM

The NCAA News

Connecticut College is rebuilding and resurfacing its six tennis courts and adding spectator seating this summer in a project made possible by a gift by two former student-athletes.

The $300,000 project will result in a complete renovation of the facility, which is used by the college’s varsity tennis teams and the campus community.

The lead gift for the project was provided by Anne and Carter Sullivan. She played tennis at the college before graduating in 1980, and he played soccer before graduating in 1979.

“My wife and I have four children who are involved in tennis. We are a tennis family,” said Carter Sullivan. “As a (member of the college’s board of trustees), I have been involved in the college’s effort to renew infrastructure, so we decided to take the lead on the tennis courts to help get the renovations done.”

The project is part of a much broader “renewal” campaign at the college to complete $53 million in projects over a 10-year period. The college also will begin construction this summer of a fitness center, due for completion by fall 2009.

“The new tennis courts will provide our students with a first-class facility for varsity and recreational tennis,” said Fran Shields, director of athletics and chair of physical education at the school. “The tennis courts are highly visible on campus, and the renovated facility will help the college continue to attract quality student-athletes to our tennis program.”

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