June 20, 2007
The Yale Corporation formally approved construction of the new Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center on the site of the current Cullman Courts. Through the generous leadership gifts of Samuel J. Heyman '60 and the estate of the late Joseph F. Cullman 3rd '35, one of the greatest dreams for the Yale men's and women's tennis programs is about to become reality.
"Yale tennis was an important part of my college years, and I'm delighted that I can make a contribution to what will be a state-of-the-art indoor tennis facility at Yale," said Mr. Heyman.
The future home of Yale Tennis will be a fabulous eight-court facility that will highlight the rich history of Yale Tennis. It will include four new courts with a viewing area and lobby which will be extended off the current Cullman Courts. The existing courts will also be renovated with new locker rooms and a team room.
"When this project is complete we will have eight courts and one of the best indoor facilities in the Ivy League. We believe this new facility will help us attract the best and the brightest to be part of the tennis programs at Yale," said Alex Dorato, The Cary Leeds Coach of Men's Tennis.
"We are extremely grateful to Yale University, the Heyman and Cullman families, as well as the many members of the Yale Tennis Association who helped make this project possible," said Danielle Lund, head coach of women's tennis.
Yale Director of Athletics, Tom Beckett added: "We are thrilled to announce the beginning of the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center project. As a result of the leadership gifts of Sam Heyman '60 and the Cullman family, along with tremendous support from the University and members of our tennis community, our dream has been realized. "
The plans call for site preparation and excavation this summer. After the initial site work is complete, renovation of the existing Cullman Courts and construction of the new building will proceed simultaneously.
The original Cullman Courts were built in 1972 through a gift from Joseph Cullman 3rd '35 and named in honor of his father, the late Joseph Cullman, Jr., Yale College Class of 1904. For more information on the project and recognition opportunities, please contact Tim Ford, Senior Associate Athletic Director at 203-432-1419.