FSC Breaks Ground for Wynee Warden Tennis Center
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 11, 2011) - The Florida Southern College men’s and women’s tennis programs will have a new place to call home thanks to the generosity of Wynee Warden. Ground was broken for the new tennis complex, the Wynee Warden Tennis Center, on Saturday, March 19, as part of the College’s Homecoming festivities. The 10-court center will be constructed on the east side of the campus beginning a new athletic complex that will ultimately include a new soccer/lacrosse field and intramurals fields for all students.
“I am most grateful to all of our donors who have named individual courts for this exciting project,” said FSC President Anne Kerr during the ceremony. “And I am absolutely thrilled that our dear friend Wynee Warden, or “Tutu” as our students call her, has provided the naming gift for the entire complex. The Wynee Warden Tennis Center continues the wonderful transformations that Wynee and the Bert W. Martin Foundation have provided for our students and our campus.”
Mrs. Warden and the Foundation have funded the College’s TûTû’s Cyber Café, Wynee’s Bistro, The Warden Admissions Center, Wynee’s Moc Cinema in the new Christoverson Humanities Building and also provided funding for nursing equipment in the Blanton Nursing Building.
Mrs. Warden has also provided funding to name the complex’s two championship courts for her sons, Chandler Warden and Andy Warden. Other courts have been funded by Dr. Lester Wishnatzki in memory of his brother, Ernest Wishnatzki; Harriett Harris in memory of her husband, George Harris; Bennie Jo Murray in memory of her husband, Robert Murray; Mark Hollis; and Gil Mitchell ’62. Tami McGinty Coller ’80 and Trustee John Rodda are also generous donors to the Warden Tennis Center project.
The new Wynee Warden Tennis Center will provide professional-quality courts and stadium seating for NCAA varsity competition, ITA qualifying tournaments, invitational tournaments, student and community recreational play, and tennis clinics for players of all ages.