Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold a dedication ceremony for the new Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center on Tuesday, June 14, at 10 a.m. on the Momentum Campus near the Nile Drive and Ennis Joslin Road intersection.
The $2.4 million center was made possible in part by a $500,000 gift from Corpus Christi attorney Thomas J. Henry. The complex includes 12 tennis courts built to NCAA specifications with the top-of-the-line Musco lighting system, an exterior public address system, security fence and a 220-car parking lot.
"The University's tennis program is consistently among the nation's collegiate elite and with the opening of this center we now have a facility that is equal to that standing," said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, president and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. "Thomas J. Henry has long been a supporter of the Corpus Christi community and by stepping up to address a critical need of our athletics program he has helped create a facility that is among the best in the Southland Conference."
Henry is a long-time supporter of the Islanders' athletic programs which competed as an independent from 1998 until the University joined the Southland Conference in 2006. Since then, the Islanders men's tennis team has dominated the SLC, winning four-straight conference championships and three of the last four conference tournaments.
"Since the start of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's NCAA sport's program, I have been involved in helping them progress their vision," said Henry. "Our community benefits from a university that believes in growth, and through the University's leadership, I have seen them expand at an exceptional rate. The Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center is only a portion of a larger endeavor and I am proud to support the University on this venture," Henry continued. "Corpus Christi is my home, and I am honored to be part of the future of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi community."
Last season, the Islanders men became the first team to sweep the SLC postseason honors, winning "Player of the Year," and "Newcomer of the Year" and "Freshman of the Year" awards. In addition, Coach Steve Moore was named the "Coach of the Year" for the fifth straight time.
"This is truly an elite NCAA Division I tennis facility and it will uplift our team in every area imaginable from team morale to recruiting" said Moore. "An athletic facility of this grand scale is an incredible source of pride for our city and our University. The excitement among the players, coaches and everyone associated with our teams is at an all-time high."
Since joining the SLC, the women's team is also on the rise. This year the Islanders posted a 7-4 record for a best-ever fourth-place showing and finished the season with 10-or-more wins for the fourth straight year.