KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2016) – Wesley House Community Center cut the ribbon yesterday on a new outdoor basketball court and recreation area provided by a $40,000 gift from the West Knoxville Sertoma Club.
Members of the club, a long-time program partner for Wesley House, joined with staff and children to celebrate with cookies and the shooting of hoops. Sertoma Club members included United Methodist members Gene Frazer and John Eldridge.
The Rev. Nathan Malone, district superintendent for 52 United Methodist churches in the Knoxville area, offered a prayer: “We pray your blessing upon this new addition that enhances our chances for reaching new boys and girls, teenagers, and even adults for your purposes.”
With 105 children currently enrolled in the after-school program, Wesley House will not only use the court for basketball but also for group games and team-building exercises.
Wesley House Community Center has been serving families in inner-city Knoxville for 109 years.
"For children, Wesley House has been a fun place to learn, grow, and cultivate ideas while the parents are reassured their children will receive necessary resources for academic success," said Ryan Parker, director of development. "The grandparents experience weekly outings filled with laughter and fellowship.
“The staff, kids, and Wesley House Board of Directors want to thank the members of the West Knoxville Sertoma Club for making this possible,” said Tim Adams, Wesley House executive director.
Annette Spence is editor of The Call, the Holston Conference newspaper.