Champion Hills Club and Lane Evans, Director of Tennis & Wellness in Hendersonville, kept busy at the end of 2015 giving and helping others in the holiday spirit. After receiving the 2015 USPTA/Tennis Industry Association National Industry Excellence Award, which came with a $1,000 grant and a new Tennis Tutor ball machine package valued at around $3,000, Evans decided to go on a little giving spree.
He first gave the $1,000 grant to the tennis program at West Henderson High School, where the money will go towards the school's court resurfacing project and other team needs.
“I have worked with a number of the West kids and they are just a great group of young people,” Evans said. “Coach Allen Combs has really done an outstanding job getting these kids ready to play, making sure they are training and practicing in the off season and also that they are improving as players and as people. How could you not reward them and their efforts?”
The next stop on the giving trail was Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. Methodist University is one of only three schools in the country to offer a Professional Tennis Management (PTM) degree. Evans has spent exntensive time speaking to, mentoring and USPTA testing Methodist's student athletes over the past several years, along with forging relationships with school adminstrators and coaches.
“This is a very unique place,” Evans said. “These are great kids who are focused on careers as teaching tennis professionals. They are smart and hungry to get started. They had an old broken down ball machine that was being held together with spit and scotch tape so I decided the next gift should go to them."
The last endeavor for Evans was a food drive he annually organizes to help the Hendersonville Rescue Mission. Through the tennis and fitness programs as well as Champion Hills Club member generosity, hundreds of pounds of food have been collected and donated over the years for the mission.
“We can’t do enough here," Evans said. “There are so many people and kids in need and being hungry in this country is just not acceptable to me. I challenge everyone in his or her community to chip in. Every can or box matters. A lot of needy people will benefit from this food drive. That was the goal. It’s pretty simple.”
Lane Evans and Champion Hills Club give back