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Cook Family Donates Funds for Tennis Center

November 10, 2010
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Liberty Athletics has announced that long-time University and Athletics supporters Sherwin and Lora Cook have provided the lead gift for the Cook Tennis Center, soon to be the new operations center for its men's and women's tennis programs.

"We are all grateful to Sherwin and Lora Cook for their wonderful gift to our tennis program," said Jeff Barber, Liberty's Director of Athletics. "Facilities play a vital role in the ability for our institution to recruit and compete at the highest level. The Cook Center will provide our tennis programs with an outstanding home and with a better chance to be the type of program we strive to be."

The facility will be constructed adjacent to the program's 12 new championship tennis courts located on Liberty's Campus North. The 2,500-square foot building will house two locker rooms, training and laundry rooms, a stringing room, four offices for coaches, a kitchen area, team room and a balcony that will overlook the tennis courts.

With this new facility, Liberty Athletics will be able to host collegiate postseason tennis competition, including the Big South Men's and Women's Tennis Championships and the opening rounds of the NCAA Tennis Championships.

"This is a very exciting time for the Liberty tennis programs," commented head men's and women's tennis coach Chris Johnson. "We are so thankful to Mr. and Mrs. Cook for helping us with our vision of building a top-notch Division I tennis program.

"This new facility will be the perfect addition to the beautiful new tennis courts here on our campus. The complex will certainly open doors for our tennis programs as we move forward and will be the finishing touch on the nicest tennis facility in central Virginia."

Mr. Cook is a Liberty University Board of Trustees member and shares the University's strong belief in the importance of Christian education. The 85-year old is an avid tennis player and has developed a particular affection for Liberty's tennis programs.

"Sherwin and Lora Cook continue to be a tremendous blessing to Liberty University and Liberty University Athletics," said Bob Good, Assistant Athletics Director for Development and Flames Club director. "This latest demonstration of support will be a great enhancement to our tennis programs, and we are grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Cook for their generous contribution that will have an immeasurable impact on current and future Liberty student-athletes."

Both the men's and women's tennis programs are coming off solid performances during their traditional fall tournament schedules.

At the end of last year, the men's program was ranked No. 10 in the final ITA Men's Division I Atlantic Regional rankings, the program's first year-end team ranking.

Senior Jordan Jenkins ranked as high as No. 90 in the country in the ITA Women's Division I individual national rankings during the year, marking the first player in program history to be nationally ranked.