In March, the college launched a $55-million fundraising plan for William & Mary Athletics. Titled All In, the marketing campaign goals to remodel the championship expertise for student-athletes and followers and elevate the caliber of athletics and the college as a complete.
This summer time, we’ll see a major step in that route.
As a part of the marketing campaign, the college is asserting plans for an entire revitalization of the out of doors tennis facility. Plans embody all new courts, elevated seating platforms, new bleachers alongside Brooks Road and the set up of a scoreboard, amongst different enhancements.
The undertaking will create a state-of-the-art tennis facility that may put William & Mary on par with the highest applications within the commonwealth and nation. Work is scheduled to start this summer time and conclude within the fall.
The ability, which is a crucial element of the brand new W&M Athletics Advanced, will likely be named the Mackesy Tennis Middle. Jennifer Tepper Mackesy ’91 and D. Scott Mackesy ’91, each honorary co-chairs of All In, made this undertaking doable.
“Jen and Scott have reworked our imaginative and prescient for the way forward for athletics at William & Mary,” mentioned President Katherine Rowe. “Their investments and modern mindset will improve the complete instructional expertise of our student-athletes. They set new requirements for excellence. We’re past grateful to them.”
Efforts are underway by means of All In to reimagine the house for W&M Athletics, together with the development of a brand new Sports activities Efficiency Middle and the revitalization of Kaplan Area — two services of many that may embody the William & Mary Athletics Advanced. The tennis courts sit throughout from the envisioned Sports activities Efficiency Middle, the place student-athletes will practice, compete and examine.
In response to Katie Garrett Boehly ’95 and Todd Boehly ’96, the visionaries behind the advanced and honorary co-chairs of All In, “As soon as full, the advanced will underscore the college’s dedication to being acknowledged for its teachers and athletics.”
The reimagined residence would require an extra $29-million funding. Whereas a big share of funds was secured for the advanced by means of For the Daring, there stays a major hole in funding to start the undertaking, which is able to transfer ahead in a phased method.
Ladies’s tennis coach Toni Bickford is worked up about what the upgraded facility will imply for her program’s future.
“We’re very grateful the Mackesys are making this facility enhancement doable,” Bickford mentioned. ” It’ll have a direct impression on the present student-athlete expertise and supply us with alternatives to coach at a highest degree year-round,” Bickford mentioned.
Males’s tennis coach Jeff Kader knew there have been plans to exchange the courts, however the extent of the general undertaking was a really nice shock.
“The brand new out of doors middle goes to be a giant step ahead, each in having a brand new residence for Tribe Tennis in addition to recruiting,” Kader mentioned. “It’ll be an important setup, so we’re thrilled.”
Jen and Scott Mackesy had been each student-athletes at William & Mary. A two-time CAA Participant of the Yr, Scott was named to the tennis league’s Silver Anniversary squad as one of many all-time high 25 gamers in league historical past. Jen made 4 appearances within the NCAA Championships in her time with the ladies’s soccer program from 1987 to 1990.
“We’re investing in excellence in each aspect of a student-athlete’s expertise at William & Mary,” mentioned Scott Mackesy. “If something, we’re offering alternative for student-athletes to be leaders in competitors and within the classroom and consider wholeheartedly that investing in the way forward for athletics will increase the caliber and status of the college.”
Thus far, the college has raised greater than $20 million for the All In marketing campaign.
As a part of the All In marketing campaign, every sports activities group has a yearly fundraising objective that should be met by June 30. Thus far, the lads’s tennis group has raised $136,226 towards its annual marketing campaign objective of $67,500. The ladies’s group has raised $28,503 towards its annual objective of $60,000.
The upgraded tennis facility will present a greater venue for followers. The scoreboard, 14 toes tall by 27 toes broad, will preserve observe of play on all six courts. The elevated seating will present a greater view of the courts.
The Tribe’s tennis applications historically have been profitable within the Colonial Athletic Affiliation. The ladies have gained 26 convention championships. The lads have gained 4 and completed as runner-up 12 instances, together with this spring.
“Clearly, it has been a difficult 12 months, however to see the extent of assist we’ve got is thrilling for all of us right here. We’re very, very anxious to get on the market on the brand new courts. It’s going to be enjoyable,” added Elisa Van Meeteren, a rising junior on the ladies’s tennis group.
To be taught extra in regards to the some ways you may assist the W&M Athletics Advanced, please go to the college’s All In marketing campaign web site.