Lynn University unveils plans for six-court Perper Tennis Complex

Donors have helped Lynn reach 80% of its goal for the $1 million project
Lynn University unveils plans for six-court Perper Tennis Complex

Published Feb. 06, 2009

Last week, Lynn University, students, faculty and staff gathered for the announcement of the future home for one of the country’s most successful tennis programs. At the ceremony, President Kevin M. Ross, members of Lynn’s men’s and women’s tennis team, and tennis coach Mike Perez, personally thanked the individuals who are helping to make the new Perper Tennis Complex a reality. The complex will be a fitting home for the seven-time national champion tennis program (the men won their first NCAA Div. II championship in 2007; the women’s team has six national titles). The complex, which will be located southwest of the team’s existing facilities, will have covered, center-stadium seating and a total of six courts.

“Our new tennis complex is a $1 million endeavor, and I’m proud to announce that we have already raised over $800,000,” said Ross at the afternoon ceremony. Ross acknowledged all the donors who have contributed to the project, including lead donors Mary and Harold Perper who directed $500,000 towards the new tennis facility. “This new facility, from this day forward, will be known as the Perper Tennis Complex,” noted Ross.

A member of Lynn’s women’s tennis team, Christine Johnstone ’11, said, “I speak for the whole team when I say we are more than excited to win matches on the new courts.” Johnstone and her teammates presented the donors with oversized (and Fighting Knight autographed) tennis balls as a small memento of gratitude. “We only have one senior,” said tennis coach Mike Perez, “so almost every signature will be transcended onto these courts in the spring of 2010.”

“All together the gifts from these donors have brought us over 80 percent of our goal,” said Ross. “That is a truly remarkable statement about the confidence these individuals have in our university, our students and our athletic program.”

Watch the 2009 season previews for Fighting Knight’s men’s and women’s tennis teams on Lynn’s YouTube channel.