Thanks to a generous lead gift pledged from an anonymous donor, Liberty University will begin to construct an on-campus indoor tennis facility in January.
The donor's gift will allow Liberty to start the building project in the New Year on a structure around the recently constructed six outdoor tennis courts adjacent to the Cook Tennis Center.
The capital gift represents the largest single gift pledged to the Flames Club in athletics department history.
The 75,000-square foot facility will cost approximately $5 million and will provide seating for 100 fans inside the enclosed six-court tennis facility. The building will also house locker rooms, a team room, a laundry facility and a concessions area. The construction project is expected to be completing in January 2021.
Currently, Liberty's men's and women's tennis programs use the Crosswhite Athletic Club in Lynchburg as their indoor tennis facility, located about a 15-minute drive from campus.
For those interested in contributing to the new on-campus building, naming opportunities exist within the facility for others who help with the completion of the project.
Because no Flames Club membership privileges are received other than naming rights, gifts to the capital campaign project are potentially fully tax-deductible (see your tax advisor), and earn double Flames Club Loyalty Points, or two points for every $100 contributed.
Fans can support Liberty Athletics by joining the Flames Club, which exists to underwrite Liberty Athletics' three-fold mission to train Champions for Christ, provide a world-class student-athlete experience and achieve victory with integrity.
Flames Club membership starts at just $60 and members can enjoy preferred parking, seating and pregame hospitality benefits, based upon membership level. For more information about the Flames Club, please call 434-582-CLUB (2582) or email FlamesClub@liberty.edu.
Ian McCaw, Liberty University Director of Athletics "This is an exciting project for Liberty's men's and women's tennis teams. Thanks to the generosity of our lead donor and support of President Falwell, our tennis student-athletes and coaches will enjoy a state-of-the-art facility to compete and practice regardless of weather conditions."
Jeff Maren, Liberty Women's Tennis Head Coach "We already have an amazing tennis facility here at Liberty, but with the construction of a new six-court indoor complex, we will now have one of the premier campus facilities in the country. We are all eager to utilize our facilities and our God-given gifts to the best of our abilities and to raise our platform to new heights for His glory!"
Derek Schwandt, Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach "The new indoor tennis facility is an incredible blessing for our program. Our coaching staff and team are thankful to all who are making it possible. We will continue to give our all to become the best team we can be."
Bob Good, Liberty Senior Associate AD for Development/Flames Club Executive Director "We are so thankful to our temporarily anonymous donor for being willing to make a gift that will have such a tremendous impact on our program and our current and future student-athletes. We look forward to being able to publicly recognize the donor at a future date, and we invite others to join in helping to fund the entire project. This is a wonderful day for Liberty Tennis."