Fundraiser for new Kelly Walsh and Natrona County tennis courts happening Thursday

Kelly Walsh and Natrona County High School’s tennis programs do not have their own tennis courts, and the Casper Community Tennis Association is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday to try and help change that.
Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 8:22 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Neither Kelly Walsh nor Natrona County High School have their own tennis courts. A fact that Casper Community Tennis Association Secretary Angela Emery said is “unusual” for a city the size of Casper in Wyoming.

This is the motivation for the Casper Community Tennis Association to hold “Concert on the Courts with Jalan Crossland” on Thursday. The event intends to raise money for a new facility of 10 tennis courts Kelly Walsh and Natrona County tennis teams could use.

Currently, the teams practice at separate facilities disconnected from the schools. Kelly Walsh practices at Casper Country Club, and Natrona County gets its work in at the Washington Park courts. Both schools field strong “no cut” tennis programs.

Emery said this has been a process that has been “20 years in the making” to get the schools their own courts.

“Now is the time. It really is the time for a new tennis facility here,” said Emery during an interview at the Washington Park tennis courts Wednesday. “Our kids deserve it. Our community deserves it, so this concert is meant to raise awareness and important funds to make that dream come true.”

“Concert at the Courts with Jalan Crossland” will be hosted at Casper Country Club beginning at 5 p.m. Crossland will take the stage at 7 p.m.

The event is free with donations encouraged to raise money for the new proposed tennis facilities.

The festivities will also food and drinks, and there will be an alumni challenge versus current Trojan and Mustang tennis players.

Senior Kelly Walsh Tennis Player Jackson Catchpole said he’s “excited” for the event, and it will “mean a lot” to see everyone supporting the tennis programs.

Catchpole will never be able to play on the potential new courts as a competing home player, but he said the idea of having them would allow schools and players to have “a lot of pride.”

“A lot of schools around Wyoming, actually all of them, have their own tennis court,” said Catchpole. “And you just see the school kind of come together because I mean it’s right there. Your whole school can come. They can support you.”

The event will also feature a free kids tennis clinic when the doors open.

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