About the Project

 

As you know, Indianapolis is facing a severe shortage of indoor tennis courts – especially for children.  The Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund wants to change that by building and operating an eight (8) court indoor tennis dome and training facility on the property of North Central High School.  The Dome will not be a “racquet club” with expensive memberships and dues – it will be a community resource open to all, with an emphasis on providing court time to children.  Moreover, the Dome will build upon the tremendous legacy of 53 Years of the Washington Township Community Tennis Program by:

  • expanding tennis opportunities for inner-city youth through the Dome’s collaboration with the National Junior Tennis League;
  • providing a permanent indoor home for the United States Tennis Association’s Regional High Performance Training Center; and
  • providing increased capacity for Middle School Students to play before school. We also plan to develop tennis programs for the YMCA and like youth-serving organizations.
  • providing available indoor courts to IHSAA, USTA and NCAA to finish sanctioned competitions. We also plan to hold all levels of tournaments and competitions during the winter months.

Dan Brunette (North Central’s Boys/Girls’ Tennis Coach) will be the Dome’s Coordinator and Jeff Smith, Bryan Smith, and Stephanie Hazlett, who have trained and coached hundreds of Division I and professional tennis players, will be in charge of the High Performance tennis programing at the Dome. This program was rated #1 in USA by the USTA for quality of high ranked players: three #1s in 2016. Spencer Fields (Carmel High School Boys/Girls’ Tennis Coach) will also be a valued member of the professional staff.

Enclosed, for your reference, please find additional materials about the Dome, the various giving levels, and a pledge/gift card.  All donations will be to the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, and will be tax deductible. Mail donations to Sally Lugar, 8391 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or click here to donate now online.  Cumulative gifts can be spread out over a maximum of five (5) years.  In all, we hope to raise over $4 million for the Dome and to have the Dome operational by the winter of 2017/2018.

We have received a one million dollar lead gift to be matched. You generosity to meet this goal would be so appreciated.