FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Improvements made this past year at the University of Arkansas Indoor Tennis Complex were made possible by a donation from the family of Bob Dills, and family members were recognized in a ceremony Tuesday afternoon as the indoor facility was renamed the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.
UA Chancellor John White, Athletic Director Frank Broyles and head coach Robert Cox spoke at the ceremony in which a plaque was unveiled with the following engraving: “Robert N. ‘Bob’ Dills and his wife, Lucile, were early and longtime supporters of UA athletics. The 2002 renovation and modernization of the tennis facility is dedicated to their memory by their daughters Jane Dills Morgan and Nancy Dills Lee, and their son-in-law, Ewell Lee. This project was made possible by a generous gift from the Dills family.”
“It’s wonderful to have this facility,” Broyles said. “We’re proud of what Robert and the team have done. He’s run his program with a lot of integrity and he’s in a tough league, and we know that, and he’s still nationally competitive.”
The donation was used for several improvements, including the installation of a new ceiling and insulation system, 96 new lamps, the construction of two additional courts, resurfacing of all six courts and six electronic scoreboards.
“What a difference a year makes,” White said. “I look at this facility and there’s absolutely no comparison. Ewell, we appreciate the leadership you have provided and we thank you for your persistence. I also want to say to the Dills family how much we appreciate your support.”
“The Dills family has supported the tennis team since at least 1972,” Cox said. “This has been a long time coming and this is by far the best indoor tennis facility in the SEC.”