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
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
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.