CSU Cuts Ribbon on John W. Walden Tennis Center
COLUMBUS. Ga. – Columbus State University held an official ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for the John W. Walden Tennis Center, the home of the Columbus State tennis programs.
The ceremony recognized the generous donation made by Johnny and Sally Walden in honor of John W. Walden, Johnny’s father.
“We are forever grateful to the Walden Family, and the positive impact they have had on the CSU athletic program and the lives of CSU student-athletes, over many years,” said Todd Reeser, CSU Director of Athletics. “The naming of this beautiful facility in honor of Mr. Walden’s father is meaningful to all in the Cougar family.”
Columbus State officially opened the new tennis complex with a bang in 2017. The Cougars and Lady Cougars combined for a 26-1 overall record on their home courts, with both capturing Peach Belt Conference Championships and hosting the NCAA Southeast Regional.
“I have admired Mr. Walden and his family for a long time,” head tennis coach Evan Isaacs added. “He has always had a keen interest in our program and always wanted the best for our players. CSU Tennis would not have the success on the court and in the classroom without Mr. Walden's continuous efforts to help make us the best we can be on a daily basis.
“Words or any grand gesture would not do justice for what Mr. Walden has done for me and the CSU Tennis program. I hope that he and his family know that their contribution to our program is life changing for these student-athletes.”
The John W. Walden Tennis Center features 12 hard courts primarily used by the CSU tennis program equipped with PlaySight technology allowing matches to be streamed online and watched all across the world.
The facility was one of 12 nationally recognized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as part of its Outstanding Facility Awards program.