Mount Pleasant Magazine March/April 2023

46 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com feature oversees building and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities. The Recreation Department in turn handles the management side of things. While the City of Charleston has a Capital Projects Improvement Plan overseen by the Parks Department, Yarborough said that Charleston Tennis has “helped make improvements over there that the Parks Department would have had difficulty funding on their own. Which is why public-private partnerships like this are so important.” Yarborough was referencing Charleston Tennis owners and philanthropists Ben and Kelly Navarro, who funded the Credit One Stadium renovations as a gift to the City of Charleston. She noted that the City of Charleston has benefited ever since the stadium was built in 2001 because it also involved the construction of the LTP Daniel Island tennis complex, offering Daniel Island and Cainhoy residents an opportunity to play affordable tennis at a premier public facility. Yarborough added that whenever the COCO is happening there is a relationship between Charleston and the event. While staying in Charleston, tennis pros competing in the tournament, including luminaries such as Serena and Venus Williams, have hosted tennis clinics at the Jack Adams Tennis Center for Burke High School students, kids at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center and children in city programs who reside in downtown communities. “It has really helped grow the sport in the area,” she said. Charleston Tennis even distributes tournament tickets to an Elementary and Middle School tennis league the City of Charleston runs which helps introduce more school kids to tennis. “It’s a win-win for everyone,” proclaimed Yarborough. “It’s a great time in Charleston whenever the tournament is going on.” 2022 & 2023 MOUNT PLEASANT MAGAZINE “Best Place to Buy a Gift” Oyster Candle Company & Coastal Gifts 2021 & 2022 “Best Gift Shop" CHARLESTON'S CHOICE THE POST AND COURIER 216 SCOTT STREET & COLEMAN BLVD WWW.OYSTERCANDLECOMPANY.COM