“Providing a safe and professional environment for children and adults, from all walks of life, to learn and play tennis.”
Last spring we lost our son Alex in a tragic accident. At the time he was living his dream of playing the game he loved as a member of the University of Oregon tennis team. Alex learned to play tennis at the age of two at the tennis courts in Berkeley Park, only a few blocks from our home. He practiced at Berkeley with the Cleveland High School tennis team for four years. Berkeley has two neglected but well-loved courts that we would like to repair and refurbish.
For this reason, we have set up the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund to create a fitting tribute to Alex. Our goal is to provide other children and families with similar opportunities to play and grow together in their own neighborhood.
Thanks to your generosity Phase One is fully funded and this spring we will begin renovation to resurface the two existing courts, replace fencing, benches, nets, posts, drinking fountain, trim trees, install an ADA accessible entrance, prune trees, repair wall, replace on court drainage and provide a maintenance fund.
With the funding of Phase One complete, we have begun Phase Two. Our goal for Phase 2 is to raise an additional $40,000 for creating a welcoming space alongside the courts. This space will recognize Alex’s accomplishments as a person and athlete. The area will also serve to inspire the community’s connection to the sport of tennis.
Phase Two highlights include:
• Viewing area, including benches, planters, memorial kiosk and landscaping
• Trash receptacle
• Trench drain along ADA accessible entrance
• French drain outside of court on north side
• Provide activities and events to promote tennis