First Serve at Ida Stone Jones Community Tennis Center an Ace
Thanks to Strong Community Support
City officials and representatives from Bristol Tennessee City Schools gathered alongside
community supporters to dedicate the new Ida Stone Jones Community Tennis Center with a
First Serve Celebration. The occasion marks the culmination of a years-long effort to establish a
centrally located, high quality public tennis facility to serve the community. The project came to
fruition thanks to a strong public-private partnership, spearheaded by representatives of the
Homer A. and Ida S. Jones Charitable Trust and the National Junior Tennis League of Bristol.
“Projects like this exemplify what can happen when dedicated community members unite their
efforts and resources with the city around a common vision. Some really great works can be
accomplished,” said Bristol, Tennessee City Councilman Jack Young. Financial support for the
project came in the form of a $250,000 contribution from the Jones’ namesake trust, which was
matched in equal parts of $125,000 by the City of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol Tennessee City
Schools. Additional support was provided by the Graeson B. Viers Memorial Foundation, for
whom the facility’s Championship Court is named, and a number of other sponsors including
private citizens, businesses, and other charitable organizations. Such donations also made
possible the construction of the Bob Helton Tennis Building, honoring the local tennis legend
whom many consider to be the godfather of Bristol tennis.
Terry Napier, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Bristol, Tennessee, noted that “The
tennis center owes so much of its success to the outpouring of support that was received from the
community. That generosity in the form of donations both large and small has gone a long way
in augmenting the services we are able to offer as a city. We are incredibly proud to see this
center become a reality for Bristol.”
The new community tennis center is open to the public and will be maintained as a city park. It
also serves as the new home courts for the State Champion Tennessee High Viking tennis teams.
Additionally, NJTL of Bristol will continue its forty-year tradition of providing free or low cost
tennis programming to all of Bristol's youth at the center, and the center will serve as host to
league play along with junior and senior tournaments.