A Message from Steve
Hard to believe my father created Olivers' Red Clay Tennis in 1969. I was 12 years old and had a lot to learn about tennis. From 4 year olds to ninety year olds, there are certainly many terrific experiences to witness here.
From 1969 'til his passing in 1995 my father ran the operation. My mother continued the business until her untimely passing in 2003. From there it fell to me.
There are challenges to running an outdoor, red-clay tennis facility, especial given the very short and extremely weather-dependent season.
I own the courts with two of my brothers. In the Fall of 2021 a house will be built on courts 3 & 4. I will lose courts 1 & 2 also, as they will be part of the house lot. This is an agreement made with my oldest brother in order to keep the courts in-tact for the 50th year. I will not benefit from this.
Now, I fully intend to keep Olivers' running for many, many more years. While having fewer courts will affect me financially, it will be a blessing physically!
The key to all of this is to convert court 7 (the composition court) to a quick-drying, soft-surface court. This will allow me to be playable (at least on 1 court) much sooner after rain storms, which should offset some of the loss from losing 4 courts.
I will need to rely on the wonderful people I have playing here to help me in this endeavor. I do not want anyone to feel obligated, but any donation to help me to convert court 7 will be greatly appreciated.
Along these lines, I have an Olivers' Red Clay hat in assorted colors available for a $65.00 donation, a new Olivers' t-shirt for a $100.00 donation and an Olivers' tote bag for a $250.00 donation. An online store is setup to access these items, as well as being available at the courts.
Cannot Thank You All Enough!