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Beaufort County has opened a new tennis court costing more than half a million dollars

Beaufort County has opened a new tennis court costing more than half a million dollars

BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WTOC) – Beaufort County officially opened new tennis courts that cost more than half a million dollars.

“I learned how to play tennis or ball on that very court in the early 1960s,” Beaufort County Councilman York Glover said.

This has been the case for Beaufort children for decades, but now their learning environments have been revamped.

“We’re very excited to be able to open the courts, it’s been a long time coming and I think everyone can agree with that,” Beaufort County Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Loper said.

The county used $630,000 from impact fees and a capital improvement project fund to renovate all the courts here, and local tennis leaders say the investment will be well worth it.

“It is our goal and purpose to see these courts filled with young and old playing tennis at all levels,” said Marshal Williams.

A big part of that mission is this man, coach Larry Scheper, whose free class for kids ages 2-18 starts Saturday. It’s something he’s been doing for a while with fewer resources, but now he’s a part-time county employee with new facilities.

“We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing and I think that’s it. I want to thank you guys,” said youth tennis coach Larry Scheper.

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