MOUNT VERNON — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Saturday to celebrate the completion of Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Ramser Tennis Courts. Located at 1010 Newark Road, the tennis courts are competition-level courts that will be utilized by the university and Mount Vernon High School teams. The ceremonial ribbon was cut by MVNU President Henry Spaulding and community member and donor, Mark Ramser.
Scott Peterson, Vice President of University Relations for MVNU, said that the construction of the tennis courts has been a long process, but it is “a wonderful addition to the community.”
The Ramser Tennis Courts were constructed in mid-2016, along with a project to restructure the tennis courts at Memorial Park in Mount Vernon. In conjunction with the City of Mount Vernon, MVNU restriped and resurfaced the public tennis courts at Memorial Park and built youth tennis courts. The Ramser Tennis Courts, the work at the Memorial Park tennis courts and the new youth tennis courts were a joint effort funded through a grant from the United States Tennis Association, Ariel Foundation, Mark and Denise Ramser, and The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County; and supported by the City of Mount Vernon, MVNU and Mount Vernon High School.
“There are times in the institution where you just have to say you’re grateful for the community you’re in, the people who are in the community, and the university itself, and this is one of those days. This is an opportunity for us to demonstrate the way a university, a community, and a school system can work together,” Spaulding said.
“Over the years of this tennis court, we want this to be a living testimony to the way cooperation works between education and the community,” Spaulding said.
Steve Tier, President, Kokosing Valley Community Tennis Association and Tennis Director for Mount Vernon City’s Recreation Board, said the Memorial Park project has unified the community and has elevated the appeal of the Mount Vernon High School tennis programs.
“I am thankful that the University embraced this goal by offering their eight court complex as the new home for Yellow Jacket tennis,” Tier said.
After a 24-year absence, tennis returned to MVNU as a club sport this fall, and will move to a varsity sport for the 2017-18 school year headed up by MVNU alumnus, coach Daniel Doan (’16).