Tennis facilities at Cameron University have been named the Streich-Henry Tennis Complex and the McMahon Foundation Tennis Courts, Cameron President Cindy Ross announced today. Dr. Charles Graybill, Chairman of the McMahon Foundation Board of Trustees; Pat Streich Henry; and Cameron Athletics Director Jim Jackson joined Ross for the announcement and dedication ceremony.
“Cameron’s athletics programs play a vital role in providing a complete collegiate experience,” says President Ross. “We are grateful to the McMahon Foundation and the Streich-Henry family for their generous support of Cameron’s tennis program, which attracts top collegiate tennis players from around the world.”
The naming of the Streich-Henry Tennis Complex comes in recognition of the family’s contributions to the original construction of the courts in 1978. The naming of the McMahon Foundation Tennis Courts recognizes the McMahon Foundation’s support of Cameron’s tennis program.
“Our family moved to Lawton in 1964 and over the years, we have been impressed with the phenomenal growth of Cameron University,” says Pat Streich Henry. “It is truly one of the shining stars of southwest Oklahoma. We were pleased to be able to contribute to many of Cameron’s financial needs along the way and the tennis complex seemed a perfect choice for us.”
Since 1963, The McMahon Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of Cameron, contributing more than $15 million to Cameron University, including the largest single gift - $4 million – in the university’s history. The McMahon Foundation has provided funding for scholarships; support for academic programs, KCCU and Athletics; and construction of numerous campus buildings, including the Academic Commons, McMahon Centennial Complex, the Fitness Center and the Louise D. McMahon Fine Arts Complex.
“Seeing the need for tennis courts at Cameron, the McMahon Foundation was pleased to donate to make that possible,” says Graybill. “With tennis courts on campus for practice and competitions, the Cameron tennis teams continue to excel in their sport.”
“Both Cameron's men and women's teams are nationally ranked programs year in and year out, but the fact is that would have never developed without the support of the Streich-Henry Family and the McMahon Foundation enabling the university to build such a wonderful tennis facility,” says Jackson. “I know I speak for Coaches Joe Jones and James Helvey and the many tennis student-athletes over the years that have benefitted by the generosity of these two groups when I say how grateful we all are by their willingness to make Cameron a better place.”
The Streich-Henry Family Tennis Complex is the home of the Cameron Aggies tennis teams led by head coach James Helvey. Under his tenure, the Aggies have become a perennial regional and national power, combining for 27 NCAA tournament appearances and five conference and regional championships.
The 2011 season has continued that streak of excellence as the Aggies earned Helvey his 600th career victory on March 26. The women currently rank No. 18 nationally and No. 2 within the South Central region while the men are No. 19 nationally and No. 4 in the region.
April 12, 2011