Booker T Washington (BTW) Community Center got brand new lighting in the entire gymnasium in 2013. While it used to be pretty dim and hard to see the ball, you will need sunglasses to play pickleball now, it is so bright! Thanks to a grant through the Chances for Youth for the lighting and some generous donations from our local GTHPA players for the flooring and court lines, the center was able to make these remodeling updates.
It was such an improvement to get the pickleball court lines permanently placed under the new varnish. No more taping and re-taping at this location. Our daily players were the main contributors and beneficiaries but thanks to all who helped make this happen. Anyone who plays there can reap the benefits well into the future.
We love to look around town and see the many improvements we've been able to make not only at this location but also elsewhere in Terre Haute. More projects are planned for the future. We are in nearly constant contact with the Terre Haute Parks Department in this regard. We provide the funding and they give us free manpower! It's a win/win situation. The proceeds for these projects come mainly from tournament profits. The GTHPA wants to continually make a positive impact on our community and add to the sport of pickleball. Little by little, we are doing just that.
The after school and/or summer program coordinators at BTW have asked and will be getting some pickleball clinics. What a great opportunity to reach into our community, generate interest in pickleball, and build skills in our favorite sport and past time! We look forward to seeing the influence help grow our sport for years to come at BTW. We are reaching out to the schools as well and hope to soon be working alongside PE teachers cultivating new pickleball players. Ask any board member how you can get involved if you are interested in helping.