Middlebury Indoor Tennis Facility Becomes Part of Addison Community Athletics Foundation

The Middlebury Indoor Tennis facility has been donated to the Addison Community Athletics Foundation (ACAF), a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. ACAF will own, operate, and support the facility as a nonprofit organization. ACAF was established at the Vermont Community Foundation in 2012 to promote access to, education about, and awareness of athletics and healthy behaviors in greater Addison County.

David and Eleanor Ignat opened Middlebury Indoor Tennis in 2001 and since that time, it has become an important part of the community. The facility provides the opportunity to play tennis year-round and increases access to a sport that research shows has a positive effect on emotional and mental well-being. Additionally, the Middlebury High School tennis team uses the facility, and Middlebury Indoor Tennis instructors provide lessons at local schools.

“We are deeply appreciative of the vision and generosity this gift represents. With it, ACAF’s efforts become a great complement to the Community Foundation’s broader health, well-being, and nutrition goals,” says Vermont Community Foundation President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. “This gift will allow ACAF to begin expanding its programs for the community.”

The facility’s name, hours, court times, fees, and staff will remain the same, and a coordinator will be hired to oversee existing and new programming. The ACAF Board of Directors, which includes David and Eleanor Ignat as president and vice president, will manage Middlebury Indoor Tennis, and the Ignats will also continue to help with day-to-day operations at the facility.

For more information visit www.vermontcf.org/acaf or contact Jen Peterson at jpeterson@vermontcf.org or 802-388-3355 ext. 288.

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