Celebration of newly refurbished SAISD sports courts

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What: Celebration of newly refurbished SAISD sports courts to be open to communities through agreement with City to promote active, healthy  lifestyles

Where: Rhodes Middle School, 3000 Tampico St.
             Event will begin in the gym, followed by the first serve outdoors on the just-resurfaced and freshly painted tennis court

When:       Dec. 20 (Thursday), 10:45 a.m.

Who:         Dr. Sylvester Perez, SAISD interim superintendent
                     David Medina, Jr., city councilman District 5
                     Dr. Thomas Schlenker, director of health, Metro Health
                     Community member
                     Rhodes MS star tennis player
                     Principals and students

On Thursday (Dec. 20), Rhodes Middle School will serve as the host site for a ceremony celebrating the near completion of newly refurbished sports courts that will be open for public use at four SAISD schools thanks to a partnership between SAISD and the City (Metropolitan Health District).

The improved courts represent milestones in promoting healthy, active lifestyles among members of those communities. A $111,000 grant from the City to SAISD funded the much-needed rebuilding or resurfacing of tennis and/or basketball courts at the four campuses. The funding comes from the Communities Putting Prevention to Work federal grant the city received to help fight obesity.

Under the grant:

•    Lowell Middle School’s basketball court received a new asphalt surface;
•    Rhodes Middle School’s two tennis courts were resurfaced;
•    Rogers Middle School’s two tennis courts were resurfaced and
•    Young Women’s Leadership Academy’s dual-use tennis/basketball court was refurbished.

These outdoor sports facilities will be available for public use after school hours and on weekends, under a shared-used agreement between SAISD and the City. 

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