Sport Court® in the News

Sport Court® Builds Two Game Courts Topside the USS Vinson

SAN DIEGO - November 11, 2011 - This Veteran's Day, Sport Court® took part in a very memorable event called the 2011 Carrier Classic. For the event, Sport Court® built two basketball courts topside the USS Carl Vinson air craft carrier, the same ship that buried Osama bin Laden at sea.

Among those that attended Friday to watch North Carolina face Michigan State in the inaugural Carrier Classic college basketball game aboard the USS Carl Vinson were President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, as well as 7,000 members of the armed services.

To view more information about this event, please click here.


ASBA Announces 7 New Certified Tennis Court Builders

April 25, 2011

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced seven new Certified Tennis Court Builders. ASBA offers its voluntary certification program which allows court builders to demonstrate proof of their experience, as well as their knowledge of tennis facility construction.

The program was developed by ASBA in order to help raise professional standards and improve the practice of sports facility construction. Certification is offered in three different disciplines: Certified Tennis Court Builder (CTCB), Certified Track Builder (CTB) and Certified Field Builder (CFB).

In order to become a certified builder, an individual must meet specific criteria, and then pass a comprehensive exam on construction and maintenance. To maintain the designation, an individual must recertify every three years by documenting a sufficient level of continuing education activities or by passing the examination again.

The newest Certified Tennis Court Builders are:

  • Albert Giamei, Jr., CTCB (Copeland Coating Co., Inc., Nassau, NY)
  • Dale Hendrickson, CTCB (TD Sports, Inc., Simi Valley, CA)
  • Michael Kingsbury, CTCB (Fowler Construction, Ontario, Canada)
  • Carlos Navas, CTCB, (Sport Court Midwest, Bensenville, IL)
  • JR Rockenfield, CTCB (McConnell & Associates Corp., Kansas City, MO)
  • Pete Smith, CTCB (The CourtSmiths, Toledo, OH)
  • Pat Walker, CTCB (Sport Court Midwest, Bensenville, IL)

The exam is given at meetings offered by the ASBA or by making other arrangements with Association staff. The next ASBA Technical Meeting, where the exam will also be given, will be Dec. 1-6, 2011, at the J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, CA. For more information, visit the ASBA website at www.sportsbuilders.org or call 866-501-ASBA or 410-730-9595.


QuickStart Tennis Comes to the White House,
USTA joins Let's Move Initiative

August 4, 2010 01:10 PM

By Erin Bruehl, USTA.com



President Barack Obama talks with kids
attending a Let's Move tennis clinic on the
South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 3, 2010.
© Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Obama with Sam Querrey and Bob and Mike Bryan at the QuickStart clinic on the South Lawn.
© Max Cook

President Obama greets young tennis players at the White House.
© Max Cook


WASHINGTON, D.C. - It was an already special day for a group of young tennis players in Washington, D.C.

Over 100 children from local National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) programs had the honor of participating in a QuickStart Tennis clinic on the South Lawn of the White House alongside star professional players Sam Querrey and Bob and Mike Bryan.

But towards the end of the clinic, the morning became even better and offered another once in a lifetime opportunity: They got to meet and shake hands with President Barack Obama.

President Obama, a tennis player himself, greeted the children, who were extremely excited to see him and he told them he came to see their great form.

"It is good to see you guys!" President Obama also called to the children.


The meeting with President Obama capped what was already a tremendously successful afternoon of tennis at the White House on Tuesday, August 3. The clinic, featuring the QuickStart play format, was part of the South Lawn Series, a summer-long series of events that brings local children, sports leagues and community programs to the South Lawn in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to fight childhood obesity.

The QuickStart play format scales down the game of tennis for children 10-and-under, with age appropriate equipment for them including smaller courts, smaller racquets and softer tennis balls, to make the game easier to learn and more fun for the children.

"It is a thrill to be here on the grounds of the White House to showcase tennis and the QuickStart format. Our new teaching method makes it much easier for younger children to play tennis," said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Lucy S. Garvin. "We know that the First Family (President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha) are four of the 30 million people who play tennis and that is a great thing for us. By continuing to work with great programs such as Let’s Move! and by ensuring access to our sport in all local communities, we will continue to grow this game."

On the South Lawn, eight 36’ QuickStart courts were set up with the children rotating from court to court with different coaches to practice different drills and tennis activities - including hitting with Querrey and the Bryans - who were impressed with all the young players and praised the QuickStart play format as a great way for kids to learn.

"We were surprised by how good they were," Bob Bryan said. "I think QuickStart is a great way to start tennis. It is easy for kids to play and pick up a racquet and feel good. With a small racquet in their hand, a soft ball and a ball that really goes through the air, it is good for kids to start like this."

The Bryan brothers, fresh off winning their record-setting 62nd career doubles title at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles last week, took their doubles game to the QuickStart courts this time. They hit balls with many young doubles teams, with a few players able to hit the foam ball past them.

"Nice shot!" Mike Bryan called to one little girl and flashed her the thumbs up sign. Bob added to another pair of young boys, "You got us!"

Ellie Kimmelman, 11, of Washington, D.C., had a successful doubles match with the Bryans and had the honor of shaking hands with President Obama.

"It was a lot of fun," she said of the clinic. "It was nice to have the brothers here, I have watched them on television for years. I was like hyperventilating (when she saw the President). It was really nice to shake his hand."

Activities at other stations ranged from rallying over the net, to doing drills, and one group stood in a circle and hit the foam ball from person to person to keep it from hitting the ground.

And on another court, Querrey, who captured the singles title at the Farmers Classic last week, bounced koosh balls back and forth on racquets with varying young partners. Playing with one young player, the two moved farther apart, tossing the koosh ball back and forth with their racquets until the ball dropped and then they started again close together.

"Are you ready for a tough one?" Querrey asked the girl. She nodded and Querrey sent the koosh ball high into the air, making it more difficult for her to catch it on her racquet, but she was equal to the task.

Malkia Menguene, 9, of Maryland, was one of Querrey’s partners and also had the chance to shake the President’s hand.

"It was really cool," she said. "(Querrey) said I did awesome. This is a once in a lifetime experience. Not everybody gets to play tennis at the White House."

It was Querrey’s first trip to the White House and he enjoyed playing on the small courts with the children. He thinks QuickStart is a great way for children to learn how to play tennis - and wishes he could have learned with smaller equipment.

"Definitely I wish there was QuickStart when I was a kid," he said. "I just started on a regular tennis court trying to hit the ball as hard as I could when I was about two feet tall so it is nice to have a scaled down version.

"The kids got the hang of it (tossing the koosh balls) and they caught on quickly," he added. "It is pretty special (being at the White House). I have never been here before so it is fun to come on the grounds."

The kids all appreciated the great feedback they received from the players and the vote of encouragement for tennis from President Obama, including Alex Miller, 10, of Maryland.

"I did get to shake hands with the professional players and the President," he said. "The players said ‘Good job’ and the President told us tennis was a great sport and to keep playing. QuickStart is pretty cool, it is fun and the equipment is not too big or too small."

The Bryans and Querrey then played a triples match against a few lucky children with their father, Wayne Bryan, announcing the mini-event. The professionals just squeaked out the first-to-five-points match, winning 5-4. Mike Bryan then asked the young girl on the other team if she was interested in playing mixed doubles at the US Open. However, she declined.

But overall, it was a winning afternoon for the game of tennis as everyone had a tremendous amount of fun and a lot of young talent was on display.

"There is talent here. The kids just have to be exposed at a young age," Mike Bryan said. "We (Bob and Mike) were lucky enough to pick a racquet when we were two years old. If these kids start young with QuickStart, you never know, they have to keep it up and there could be some champions in here."



Nicholas (left) and Michael Mandera on the balcony overlooking the basketball court in their new Glenview home. The balcony is level with the rest of the basement, and stairs descend to the court dug out under the garage. (Julie Fabiszak/Staff Photographer)

Home court advantage

Personal sport courts are
scoring in luxury home market

By Stephanie Fosnight
Staff Writer
Pioneer Press

8-year-old Nicholas Mandera (right) and 11-year-old Michael Mandera (far right) shoot some hoops with friends Danny Schiltz and Alek Jensen (backs) at their new in-house basketball court. (Julie Fabiszak/Staff Photographer)

Michael and Nicholas Mandera haven't moved into their new house yet, but every day they're pestering their mom to drive them over.

The 11- and 8-year-old boys don't care about watching the painters or the electricians. Instead they head downstairs. When they get to the end of the basement, they arrive at a surprising balcony. Below the balcony stretches a basketball player's dream -- a personal court dug 23 feet under the garage.

"It started out as a playful Sport Court®, but then we realized the kids need the space for an arc when they do their playing," said Frances Mandera, who brings her sons and their friends over to the new house for a little court time.

The Manderas are among those taking advantage of indoor sport courts. The athletic flooring company Sport Court®, an installation giant whose clients include the Chicago Bulls, has carved out a lucrative little niche in the luxury home market.

"Last year we did 35 indoor gyms," said Pat Walker of Sport Court Midwest. "We've worked with lots of builders on the North Shore."

The Mandera gym includes a regulation hoop and scoreboard, flooring, wall pads and a double rack of bouncy new Spalding basketballs. It's enough to make any winter-confined athlete drool. Just in case, there's also a shiny new water fountain.

The shower and steam room are adjacent to the basketball court.

Walker has one word to describe the Mandera court: "Sweet!"

"I wish I would have grown up in one of those houses," he remarked enviously. "I was scraping off the driveway in 10 degrees."

Sport Court® also installs home gyms for tennis, volleyball, batting practice, yoga, Pilates, roller hockey and sophisticated putting and driving greens.

"If you've got the money, you can pretty much do anything," said Walker. He estimates that a standard half-basketball court with hoops, wall pads and scoreboard that's installed in a 16-foot basement costs between $25,000 and $30,000.

While clients say they install the courts for their kids, Walker said the whole family ends up getting involved and they spread the word among their friends.

"Our customers turn almost evangelical about it," he said.

The Mandera boys may be the envy of their social circle, but not all of their dreams have come true. Their father, Perry Mandera, emphasized that only water will be dispensed from the drinking fountain.

"The kids want Hawaiian Punch to come out of it, but that's not going to happen," he said.



New Video Tells of Sport Court's Importance To Volleyball

USA Volleyball and NCAA Agree: Sport Court® Changed the Game of Volleyball by Leaps and Bounds

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWeb), October 13, 2010 - A new three minute video featuring USA Volleyball and NCAA® officials discussing the importance of Sport Court's contributions to the growth of volleyball has been released for public viewing.

To watch, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFP5FxM-Fc4

Sport Court® is now in its 21st year of being the official surface for USA Volleyball, said Ron Cerny, President and CEO of Connor Sport Court International, parent company of Sport Court®, based in Salt Lake City. "In addition, we have been the only surface used for the NCAA Volleyball Championships since 1993"

The video explains how volleyball experienced tremendous growth once Sport Court® demonstrated that its court surfaces provided ideal performance as well as ease-of-use.

Prior to Sport Court's appearance on the volleyball scene, championships had to be divided among many venues in a community, with basketball courts being re-striped to accommodate the sport.

Says Doug Beal, CEO of USA Volleyball, "It is difficult to overstate the impact Sport Court® has had on our sport. It has changed the culture of our sport . . .it has enabled us to play the game in facilities that were never available before."

Mike Chandler, Managing Director of Events for USA Volleyball, says "We wouldn't be where we are without Sport Court®. With Sport Court® we can put together a hundred courts in two days."

Tina Krah, Associate Director of Championships for the NCAA, says "Sport Court® changed the look of our championships. Sport Court® provides the 'wow factor' and a unified look."

Erika Austin, Assistant Director of Licensing of the NCAA, says "It's an added bonus when our players can come in and play on a quality court, and Sport Court® provides that."

"Sport Court® floors are so portable, easy to lay down, and friendly to our athletes. Because of their resiliency, durability and color component it (Sport Court) has become part of the excitement of playing volleyball," Beal said.

"Sport Court® spurred the growth of women's volleyball almost as much as Title 9," Beal added.

"Our Response playing surface is a state-of-the-art engineered polymer surface, which has Lateral Forgiveness™ for player safety while at the same time providing the resiliency needed in this fast-moving sport," Cerny said.

"Our engineers constantly develop and improve this court system, making it the indisputable choice for volleyball players the world over," Cerny added.

In September Sport Court® became an official Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Partner in Development at a signing ceremony on Wednesday, September 8th at the 2010 World Congress in Rome, Italy.


About Connor Sport Court International

More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court® surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world. Sport Court® is a registered trade mark of Connor Sport Court International. Since 1974, it has identified the original and authentic modular sport surface, continuously improved and patented to provide the highest levels of quality and performance. Sport Court® is the official playing surface of USA Volleyball and the Men's and Women's NCAA Volleyball Championship. Sport Court® is also an official Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Partner.



YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

These are some photos of the Youth Olympic Games basketball competition in Singapore on our PowerGameplaying surface.


Vanuatu vs. Canada

Singapore vs. Germany

Australia vs. Chile

Panama vs. Lithuania

USA girls vs. Angola

USA boys vs. Turkey

The Rings

Youth Olympic Games

For the full article on the FIBA 33 game launched at the Olympics click here.
For the FIBA blog, click here.



Michelle Obama Plays Soccer with Kids

By Darlene Superville
Associated Press


WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama kicked soccer balls with youngsters to encourage them to get the recommended hour of daily exercise as she promoted her campaign against childhood obesity.



After Fund-Raising Gala and Clinic Featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Soccer Foundation and Sport Court® Will Donate Soccer Fields to Urban Youth.

Washington, D.C. (PRWeb), March 4, 2010 - When the U.S. Soccer Foundation holds its fundraising gala on Thursday, March 4, beneath a wide-span tent at City Center (11th and H St. NW) in the heart of D.C., the flooring provided for the event by Sport Court® will have three lives.

First it will serve as the flooring for hundreds of diners at the gala who will be addressed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and entertained by comedian Drew Carey. The colorful Sport Court® PowerGame® surface will be set up to look like two separate soccer fields side-by-side.

And when dinner's over and everyone's gone home, the 17,600 square feet of Sport Court's surface will be the site of a soccer clinic the next day where First Lady Michelle Obama will join the U.S. Soccer Foundation to highlight the Let's Move! campaign and the importance of children getting 60 minutes of active play each day. This event will expand outreach and participation in youth soccer and education efforts on the importance of eating well and staying active.

After the clinic, the surface will be separated into two futsal pitches and will be donated to urban soccer organizations in the U.S.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Charitable Arm of Soccer in the U.S., will disassemble and ship the courts to their final destinations.

The U. S. Soccer Foundation provides grants focused on developing players, coaches and referees and building or enhancing fields and soccer complexes, with a special emphasis on youth in economically disadvantaged urban communities.

Sport Court® has provided the custom, portable playing surfaces being used during the annual Homeless USA Cup, one of the projects supported by the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

The gala site, at H and 11th NW in Washington, D.C., is also the site where the Homeless Soccer Cup has been played the last two years.

"Sport Court® is pleased to be a supporter and partner in the U.S. Soccer Foundation's dynamic programs," said Ron Cerny, President and CEO of Connor Sport Court International, headquartered in Salt Lake City.

"The event also demonstrates the versatility and attractiveness of our courts," Cerny added.

Representing Sport Court® at the gala will be Mr. Cerny and Joel McCausland, Director of Sport Court® Products.

 

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