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July 16
COS Celebrates “Grand Reopening” of Tennis Courts

This week marked the official “grand reopening” and ribbon cutting for the refinished tennis courts at the College of the Sequoias Visalia campus. The project is part of a total 21 projects and over $200,000 in funding spearheaded by the COS Foundation, which is an independent nonprofit organization cultivating and allocating public resources to school interests.

Tuesday’s event was attended by student athletes, community members, and COS staff and supporters including COS Superintendent and President Stan Carrizosa and Foundation Board President Sherrie Bell.

Foundation Director Tim Foster opened the ceremonies, introducing the resurfacing of the nine courts as one of the ways in which the school is, “reinvesting in meaningful ways,” with valuable contributions from the surrounding area.

Athletic Director Brent Davis thanked those who have supported the tennis courts project specifically and the athletic program overall, including among others, the community, the COS Foundation, tennis coach Jay Johnson, and school administrators and staff.

Davis then took the opportunity to brag about the student athletes of Giants tennis who accumulated a series of honors this year. He was most proud to announce the women’s tennis team’s naming as All Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)​. The Giants are one of seven teams honored across the nation for their academic achievements.

Also honored for their academic performance, three of the student athletes were named to the Big 8 Conference Academic All Conference women’s team, five were named as ITA Scholar Athletes, and two were selected as Big 8 Conference All Conference team members for their athletic abilities.

Wrapping up the addresses, Carrizosa offered his, “heartfelt thanks,” for, “the investments the community adds,” on top of state funding. He described this exceptional support as the requirement to take a community college from, “good to great.”

After the ribbon cutting by Davis, Johnson, Carrizosa, Bell, and team members (pictured above, left to right), guests enjoyed a lunch spread as the tennis team volleyed a bit to demonstrate the new courts.

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