THE GANG’S ALL HERE — S-GI tennis players, faculty and staff, board members, supporters and friends of the district gathered for a photo, after the ribbon-cutting. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — A lot can happen, in a couple months. When students at Springville-Griffith Institute High School head back to school and take a peek outside one of the windows in the math wing, they will see some fresh, purple and green tennis courts.
The courts were included in the district’s capital project in 2008, that was approved by voters, during the budget vote, last year.
The courts needed to be redone because they were deemed as “unplayable,” by the executive director of Section VI, who oversees Western New York athletics, last August.
The varsity girls and boys teams used the Pioneer facility for games and the village courts for practices, at times, during last year’s season.
“Well, it was a hassle, because not only did we not have home courts, to have matches on, we didn’t have home courts to practice on,” said recent graduate and former tennis player at S-GI, Jessie Maeder.
“These new courts are fantastic; they are everything that we wanted. They are now probably the nicest, in our division,” she added, about the new paint job. “They’re unique, too. People are going to come to Springville and say ‘those are the people with the purple courts, right?”
The Springville district hosted a ribbon-cutting, for current and formers players, administrators, board members and parents to check out the recently finished courts, on Aug. 14.
SWING HARDER — Shane Ellis, S-GI tennis player, gives the new tennis courts a try, after the ribbon-cutting.
The unique design was devised by a number of boys and girls tennis players at Springville, including Brandi Burgard, who led the talks about the design and decided on purple and green.
“When I designed the courts, I picked the color purple, because it shows off our school pride and spirit,” Burgard said, about her idea.
“They’re really beautiful; the courts were in such bad condition, last year, [so] it was very important for our district to renovate them. A lot of people in Springville like tennis, whether it’s a kid in gym class or someone on the team.”
Others in attendance had some thoughts, about the courts, as well.
“I love them. They’re gorgeous,” said junior Gabby Hartman, who will be on the tennis team, this fall season.
The courts were finished on Aug. 1 and will be in action this fall, in time for Lady Griff’s tennis.
“[Players advocating for this renovation last year] knew they wouldn’t be able to play on this, but people and teammates down the road can play on it,” S-GI Board Member Joan Kelly said.
“It’s a classroom, it’s something the community can use, it’s a sense of pride. It’s an investment, for the community and kids that come up, through the ranks of this district.”