Supported by Tiger Woods, a group of philanthropic organizations is moving forward on an academic and athletic project in Carson, California.
The 87 acre Carol Kimmelman Athletic and Academic Campus will expand educational and sports opportunities for at-risk youth in Los Angeles County at no charge to them.
The United States Tennis Association, Walt Disney Company, the Karsh Family Foundation and philanthropist Doug Kimmelman are teaming up with Woods’ TGR Foundation to fund the complex.
They’ll pay just 100 a year to lease the 87 acres from Los Angeles County.
The new complex will offer science, technology, engineering and math after-school and enrichment programs that will complement the curriculum at the area’s public schools.
The USTA Foundation will make the campus the regional hub of its flagship National Junior Tennis & Learning program, which will provide low-cost or no-cost athletic development, wellness, academic and scholarship programs to local youth.
The campus will also serve as the headquarters for the USTA Southern California section, which will provide additional tennis programming in the form of junior and adult tournaments, college tennis as well as wheelchair and adaptive tennis.
Construction of the initial phase of the project, estimated at $65 million, is slated to begin by the end of 2020 and will include a 25,000-square-foot learning center and expansive tennis facility with 40 courts, with additional athletic facilities to follow at a cost of 60 million additional dollars.
The initial $50 million dollars has already been pledged.
Carol Kimmelman, the facility’s namesake, taught at Raymond Avenue Elementary School, across the street from the flashpoint of the 1992 civil unrest in South Los Angeles.
She was also a member of the 1983 national champion University of Southern California women’s tennis team and believed in the power of tennis and other sports to transform the lives of young people from all backgrounds.
Doug Kimmelman is spearheading the project in honor of his late wife, who passed away three years ago from ovarian cancer, according to the Kimmelman Family Foundation.
Photo: AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 14: Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after sinking his putt to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)