FRIDAY, MARCH 09, 2007
Keith Watson Family Tennis Complex to be dedicated Sunday

March 9, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Keith Watson, a former star for the JU men's tennis team, will have the new tennis courts dedicated in honor of his family with a ceremony on Sunday before the Dolphins' match against Appalachian State.

"JU gave me a scholarship back at a time when I needed it and I am very excited about giving back to them," said Keith Watson, whose donation helped make the facility possible. "I have had a passion for tennis and JU all of my life and this was a great opportunity to do something for both. I've taught adult classes, been on the athletic board and now as a Trustee it is still a thrill for me to give back to an institution that gave me a chance to do what I wanted to do in life."

The Keith Watson Family Tennis Complex, completed in 2006, is one of the finest tennis facilities in the Southeast. The Complex has six hard courts as well as a covered viewing area for fans to enjoy the matches.

"We are honored to have Keith Watson's name associated with our University and with JU tennis," said JU President Kerry Romesburg. "Not only is Mr. Watson an alumnus and now a University Trustee, he was also an excellent tennis player for JU a few years ago. Now he is helping assure our current and future student-athletes will have a first-class venue for practice and competition."

Watson, who starred at JU from 1969-71, was inducted into the JU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.

"We are grateful for the very kind donation from Keith Watson and his family that made this facility possible," said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. "Only with their vision and dedication have we been able to create top-notch facility for the JU tennis programs to call home."