Changes under way at Southeast Tennis

WASHINGTON – New courts, new lights, new classrooms – plans are unveiled to renovate D.C.’s one-of-a-kind tennis facility.

It’s called the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, where Cora Masters Barry says “tennis is the hook but education is the key.” The facility features classrooms, computers and tutoring.

Barry is overseeing plans for the facility’s $18 million renovation.

“We’re tearing down all the existing tennis courts and replacing them with state-of-the-art equipment and materials,” Barry says.

It’s a place where kids in the poorest part of town go to play tennis, but Barry says it’s also a place where they kids learn life skills and brush up on schoolwork.

“We have a full-fledged educational wing where the kids get tutoring,” Barry says.

She says more than 50 kids who have attended the center since 2001 were awarded tennis scholarships to colleges and universities.

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