In January 2019, in partnership with the City of Piedmont, Piedmont Recreational Facilities Organization (PRFO), envisioned a fundraising campaign for the renovation of the Recreation Center tennis courts and its renaming as the Corey Reich Tennis Center in honor of decorated Piedmont High School tennis coach Corey Reich. Over the next few months, PRFO and the City of Piedmont will host events and solicit engagement from the entire Piedmont community to support this effort.
A 2004 graduate of Piedmont High and member of the men’s tennis team, Corey was diagnosed with ALS in 2007 while attending Middlebury College. After graduation, he returned to Piedmont and has served as assistant coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams ever since. Corey is a powerful and inspirational coaching presence every day of these teams’ seasons, and has been instrumental in the continued success of the PHS tennis program, the most successful in school history.
Rohan Srivastava, PHS Class of 2018 and former PHS boys’ tennis team captain, spoke about Corey at the CRTC launch event on 1/31/19. Read Rohan’s speech here.
The City’s currently scoped and approved improvements to the courts include:
- Resurfacing of the courts with a slipsheet overlay system
- Installation of new net posts and nets
- Installation of new fencing surrounding the Center
- Creation of new ball-stop fencing between courts
- Drainage improvements at the west end of the complex
If the goal of achieving $500,000 in community support is reached, court renovations may expand to include:
- Installation of new bleachers for spectators and tennis court benches for players
- Installation of new LED lights
- Installation of a new drinking fountain with water bottle filler
- Permanent Wall of Champions to recognize winning teams and players from Piedmont High School tennis teams
In partnership with the City and PRFO, the Piedmont Beautification Foundation also plans to support the initiative with a long-term endowment to ensure that the work done now is maintained for generations.
Court renovations are scheduled for May-July, 2019.
Gifts are welcome in any amount, and formalized sponsorship levels have been created as follows:
Level, Amount, Recognition
Court Naming Sponsor, $50,000, Name engraved on placard on fence behind court
Platinum Sponsor, $25,000, Major recognition on Donor Wall + 4 donor medallions
Gold Sponsor, $10,000, Recognition on Donor Wall + 3 donor medallions
Silver Sponsor, $5,000, Recognition on Donor Wall + 2 donor medallions
Courtside Bench, $5,000, Name engraved on bench
Seat Backrest Sponsor, $2,500, Name engraved on bleacher backrest
Bronze Sponsor, $1,000, Recognition on Donor Wall + 1 donor medallion
Medallion Sponsor, $500, Name engraved on 5” donor medallion on donor wall