GCHS tennis court gets new benches

Kelsey Ford, Staff Reporter

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Senior Ricky Tobey recently built benches for the far side of the tennis courts in order to complete his final project before becoming an Eagle Scout. In summer 2014, Tobey proposed the idea of building the benches. They were finally completed in early April.

Tobey is on the varsity tennis team, and he built the benches in hopes that he could provide seating for all courts.

“On one half of the courts there’s benches everywhere, and on the other side there is nothing, so none of the parents can watch their kids play,” said Tobey. “I chose to do benches so the kids can have somebody watch them play.”

Tobey has been involved in Boy Scouts for about 6 or 7 years. When members become more familiar with the program, they move up ranks at their own pace, completing different requirements and community service projects.

Before Tobey built the benches, he constructed a design and gathered donations.

“I explained the project to local businesses with a letter that I left the managers, and gave them my contact info if it was something up their alley,” said Tobey.

According to Tobey’s Eagle Scout Leader, Rich Przybylski, Tobey did most of the organization himself, and only needed moderate guidance in designing the benches and knowing how to anchor them down.

“There were adults consulting with him and helping him, but he really took the leadership role in organizing the volunteers, doing the work and planning the fundraising or donations needed to get the materials he needed,” said Przybylski.

Once he raised enough donations and bought supplies, friends from his troop and the varsity tennis team helped build the benches in Tobey’s garage, sand them down and bring them to the courts.

“I had a volley of people from my troop and tennis team come to help me construct the benches,” said Tobey. “I bribed them with pizza and service hours.”

Other kids in Tobey’s troop also did projects that give back to the community like adding roofs to the dugouts at Doolittle Park, working with Bernie’s Book Bank and constructing bed frames to donate to a charity that supports battered women.

“There’s a wide variety of projects, all of them giving back to the community in some way,” said Przybylski.

Both Przybylski and varsity tennis head coach Chuck Lawson agree that Tobey is a good leader and a positive influence on everyone around him.

“He is willing to do extra work to benefit somebody else, and that’s about as positive as you can get,” said Lawson. “He always strives to help others and he is constantly trying to do what’s best for the team.”

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GCHS tennis court gets new benches