USTA, Disney, Tiger Woods commit $50m to build new academic and athletic complex in Los Angeles


The United States Tennis Association (USTA), Tiger Woods’ TGR Foundation, the Walt Disney Company, philanthropist Doug Kimmelman and the Karsh Family Foundation have committed $50m to build a new academic and athletic complex in Los Angeles, California.

The first phase of the project is expected to cost nearly $65m and the construction is expected to begin by the end of this year. This phase will include a 25,000ft² learning centre along with expansive tennis facility with 40 courts, with additional athletic facilities to follow.

Until now, the project has raised $50m, leaving a $15m gap for the first phase. The subsequent phases will cost $60m, for which fundraising will begin next year.

The project is located at Carson, a community south of downtown Los Angeles and is surrounded by underserved areas such as Compton, Watts and Inglewood.

The design and development of the project have already been approved by the County Board of Supervisors, which formed a public-private partnership.

The County is claimed to have offered the land under a long-term lease of $100 a year, and allows the donations to be used only to build and run the facilities, programmes and services.

A focal point of the new campus is its academic centre, which will offer science, technology, engineering, math after-school and enrichment programmes.

The programmes will be overseen by the TGR Foundation, which plans to introduce high-tech equipment and labs and hands-on lessons approach to prepare students as the 21st century workforce.

Tiger Woods said: “The need to invest in the futures of underserved kids has never felt more urgent. We have a unique opportunity to do something impactful right now that will create lasting positive change for generations.”

The Kimmelman Campus is also expected to become one of the largest community tennis facilities on the West Coast.

The USTA Foundation plans to make the campus its regional hub of its National Junior Tennis & Learning program (NJTL), enabling the association to offer low-cost athletic development and scholarship programmes to local youth.

USTA Foundation board of directors chair and former world No. 1 tennis player Chris Evert said: “There is an urgent need for resources to support kids and help them thrive, and this project delivers at a scale that will have a transformative impact throughout the region.

“I am eager to deepen our commitment in Los Angeles to bringing tennis and education together to change lives.”


Artist’s rendering of the Carol Kimmelman Athletic and Academic Campus, which is slated to break ground later this year. (Credit: The Carol Kimmelman Sports & Academic Campus/Business Wire.)

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