Yampa Valley Community Foundation's just-released 2019 Annual Report highlights our Steamboat Springs Tennis and Pickleball Maintenance Endowment Fund held at YVCF, also known as the 'Serve It Forward' Fund. The endowment was started in 2017 by a group of passionate tennis players who recognized the need for a dependable source of maintenance funding to keep our Center in top working order. Challenge matches offered in 2017 by tennis legend Carol Baily, in 2018 by Moz and Debbie Modzelewski and in 2019 by the Steamboat Springs Pickleball Association (SSPA) have grown the fund to approximately $150,000.
As the endowment grows, a small percentage can be drawn each year to fund projects approved by a committee representing the interested parties – the Steamboat Tennis & Pickleball Center, the Steamboat Tennis Association, the Steamboat Springs Pickleball Association, Court Sports 4 Life, and the City. This year, funds were used to help pay for the crack repair of four outdoor tennis courts.
Our goal is to grow the endowment to $1 million by 2029! This is one of the three initiatives in the Steamboat Relishes Pickleball! capital campaign, the other two being to build an indoor Pickleball Center ($6 million goal) and to fund capital improvements to the Tennis Center ($1 million goal). Although most of our publicity this year has focused on the Pickleball Center, we need and are so very grateful for donations and pledges directed specifically towards the Tennis Center improvements and/or the 'Serve It Forward' fund as well!
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