STILLWATER - The second major project in Oklahoma State University's Athletic Village is now underway, thanks in part to the largest personal gift OSU has ever received from Stillwater residents.
Preliminary work has begun on the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center, located just north of Boone Pickens Stadium at the intersection of McElroy and Washington. Construction of the indoor tennis center is expected to be completed late in the summer of 2013. The Greenwoods provided the lead gift for the multi-faceted tennis project with the remaining funding provided by other private donations.
"The members of the OSU tennis program have represented our university proudly for many years, both on the tennis courts and in the classroom," said Anne Greenwood. "Yet, OSU remains the only Big 12 school without its own tennis facilities, requiring these dedicated student-athletes to often travel to third-party sites outside of Stillwater to practice or host matches. We wanted to show our appreciation for their commitment to OSU by providing the lead funding for these new tennis facilities that are not only needed, but much deserved."
The construction of a 50,000 square-foot indoor tennis center is currently underway. The indoor facility will house six tennis courts and include coaches' offices, locker rooms, a sports medicine area complete with a hydrotherapy center, and conditioned air for spectator seating of at least 350. The exterior will feature 12 lighted outdoor tennis courts with two sets of six courts. Grandstand seating will be attached to the indoor center, as well as between the two sets of courts to allow fan viewing of each match being played.
"This is a monumental time for the tennis programs at Oklahoma State," said Chris Young, head coach of the OSU women's team. "We are indebted to the Greenwood family for their generous gift, which will give our teams the ability to train daily and host matches in one of the finest tennis facilities in the country."
Michael Greenwood added, "Our goal is to build a world-class tennis complex that is capable of hosting NCAA tennis events. We encourage all OSU alumni to join us in supporting this much needed tennis facility. As part of our lead gift, we are offering a matching program whereby we will match the first $4 million of donor contributions to the construction project."
The Greenwoods are both OSU alumni. Michael is the founder and Managing Director of Carnegie Capital LLC, a corporate finance advisory firm, and a Trustee of the OSU Foundation, while Anne serves as a community volunteer after retiring from a corporate accounting career with several Fortune 500 companies and is President of Friends of the OSU Library. Since returning to Stillwater in 2007 after 30 years in Tulsa, the Greenwoods have become active in various philanthropic causes for Oklahoma State University and the Stillwater community.
The tennis center was designed by Studio Architecture and Lippert Brothers has been named general contractor for construction of the facility.
The name of the tennis center becomes official upon Board of Regents approval.