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Greenfield School will dedicate new tennis courts in the name of a long-time teacher at the school on Saturday.
Laura Leslie Crudup, a language arts, math and North Carolina history teacher at the private school, will be recognized at a dedication ceremony for the Laura Leslie Crudup Tennis Complex to be held at 11:30 a.m.
“It is such an honor,” Crudup said this week. “I have spent a number of years following my son around the tennis courts. I think this is a wonderful thing for our community and our school because Wilson needs some new tennis courts.
“I am just thrilled. They could not pick any other way to honor me that would be any better because I have always loved tennis.”
This is Crudup’s 39th year teaching at Greenfield School and her 48th year in the teaching profession.
For years, Crudup followed her son, Dr. John Crudup, who practices in Wilmington. Crudup graduated from Greenfield School in 2002 and played tennis while he was there.
“He will be here on Saturday. He is the reason that I like tennis so much,” Crudup said. “I watched him. I followed him. He just loved it so much. I follow the Greenfield tennis teams. I wish I played better, but I don’t.”
Beth Peters, head of school at Greenfield School, said the decision to build the six-court complex was made without Crudup’s knowledge.
“A group of people thought it would be a great idea to honor her for her love of tennis and her son’s love of tennis and just because of her dedication to the school for so many years, in naming the courts for her,” Peters said.
Dr. John Crudup was enlisted initially to raised funds, and that effort produced $35,000. Southern Bank then tossed in $50,000, and the Wilson Tennis Association contributed $10,000. The remainder came from friends, parents, the Greenfield Booster Club and alumni of Greenfield School.
The total cost of the six-court facility is about $200,000.
Ralph Hodge Construction of Wilson did the grading for the project, and John McCann of Outer Banks Tennis Company did the asphalt, fencing and painting.
Following Saturday’s dedication, donors will be treated to a luncheon in the school cafeteria at noon.
The courts are nearing completion. A ribbon cutting at the completed facility will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. with Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose and the Wilson Chamber of Commerce.
Peters said there are plans for the courts to be lighted and for the viewing area in the center of the courts to be covered at some point in the future.