Sport Court, US Tennis Association Contribute Courts to Wounded Warrior Battallion

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Ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. at Uptown Division of Charlie Norwood Veteran's Administration Medical Center.

Sport Court to Donate Courts Used During White House Event to Charlie Norwood Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.

Two Sport Court® tennis courts—used last summer at the White House as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” events—will be donated to the Charlie Norwood Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (CNVAMC) in Augusta during a ribbon-cutting ceremony November 9 at 10am.

The ceremony will be held in the auditorium at the Uptown Division on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta.

“The CNVAMC is appreciative of the support and generous donation of the tennis courts,” said Robin Brown, acting public affairs officer at the medical center. PowerGame was selected primarily because of its performance and safety features, providing the highest shock-absorption rating among all outdoor modular surfaces.

Sport Court, headquartered in Salt Lake City, is the “Official of Modular Court” for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and 10 And Under Tennis. Two of Sport Court’s full-size PowerGame™ tennis surfaces will be given to the facility.

The CNVAMC is the only VA facility with a unique partnership with an active duty Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB), which is located at Fort Gordon, GA. The Active Duty Rehabilitation Unit at CNVAMC was formed in 2004 as result of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense collaboration to provide rehabilitative medicine for injured service members returning from Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND).

“This is a great example of two large government entities working together to pool resources,” said Brown. “Active Duty Rehabilitation remains the only inpatient program dedicated to the treatment of active duty service members. The therapy provided here is done in an environment conducive to the rehabilitation of young service members with state-of-the- art equipment and prosthetics.”

“We greatly appreciate the commitment shown by the USTA and Connor Sport Courts in promoting the healing journey and recovery of our wounded troops through this very generous donation of tennis courts,” said Tom Kilgannon, President of Freedom Alliance, a military support non-profit partnering with the USTA on this project.

“With Veterans Day and National Military Family Appreciation Month approaching, I cannot think of a more appropriate time to honor and support the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women for this country throughout the year,” Kilgannon said.

Also contributing are Connor Sport Court International, the USTA and John (Chic) Ciccarelli, of Plymouth, Massachusetts and Bonita Springs, Florida. Mr. Ciccarelli is a member of the board of Connor Sport Court International.

Sport Court Dealer CBA Sports of Norcross, Georgia, completed the installation.

Mr. Ciccarelli contributed to the project in the name of his nephew, Eric Burns, who is a veteran of both the Marine Corps and the U.S. Army, for which he’s now a helicopter pilot. Eric served in Korea, Honduras and Iraq. He will be deployed to Afghanistan in January 2012, as a Medevac pilot.

About Sport Court
More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court International surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world.    Sport Court® is a registered trade mark of Connor Sport Court International. Since 1974, it has identified the original and authentic modular sport surface, continuously improved and patented to provide the highest levels of quality and performance. Connor Sport Court is proud to be the only sports surfacing company in the world that is independently audited and verified as “Zero Waste” and fully ISO 9001:2008 certified.

For more Sport Court information contact:
Jeff Morton, Marketing Manager, Sport Court
801-712-6411
jmorton(at)sportcourt(dot)com

Jamie Sartin, CBA Sports
770-797-9990
jsartin(at)cbasports(dot)us

About USTA
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 750,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 90-plus Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.

For More Information contact:
Jasmine Sheppard, Communications Coordinator
United States Tennis Association
914-697-2275
sheppard(at)usta(dot)com

About Freedom Alliance
Freedom Alliance is an educational and charitable organization, which sponsors numerous program activities aimed at supporting and honoring our service members and their families. Freedom Alliance is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a public charity organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Freedom Alliance sponsors educational and charitable initiatives under four main program areas. The Mission of Freedom Alliance is to advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense.

For More Information contact:
Michelle Oddis, Communications Director
Freedom Alliance
703-444-7940
michelle(dot)oddis(at)freedomalliance(dot)org

Robin Brown
CNVAMC, Acting Public Affairs Officer
706-823-1733/6568 ~ BB: 404-775-5454

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