Ground was broken earlier this week for the Huether Family Match Pointe community tennis center, a planned six-court addition to the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls. Mayor Mike Huether's family is the naming sponsor of the project, with the city contributing $500,000 more in the agreement that the facility be broadly accessible to the public.
Mike and Cindy and daughter Kylie were named USTA Family of the Year in 2012 for their contributions to tennis. Kylie grew up playing and told the Argus Leader that "her ability to develop into a competitive high school and collegiate tennis player depended on her access to private indoor courts to play all year."
"We could afford it," she said. "Our family truly believes every single child deserves access to indoor tennis."
We got a nice shout-out in another Argus Leader article about the new center:
"Community outreach is the long-term goal for the new indoor center, Frost-Elshami said. The CITC is taking a similar approach to the Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center at Fort Snelling in the Twin Cities."
“They introduce kids to tennis that would never get to be around the game,” Frost-Elshami said. “We want to introduce it to kids here at a young age, and they are the model.”
It's exciting to see communities add access to tennis and we're proud and honored that the Sioux Falls center has looked to us as an example of what can work. We can't wait to see the facility!