On August 12th, 2017, a ceremony was held at El Cariso Park to dedicate the tennis court complex there in honor of NJTP founding member, coach and long-time president Steve Tscherne, who passed away late last year. A plaque and bench by the courts at Pioneer Park were also dedicated in honor of coach Jim Speir, who passed last August.
This is a great honor for both the Tscherne and Speir families, recognizing the contributions Coach Steve and Coach Jim made to tennis in their community and beyond.
The ceremony was led by Reverend Michael McMorrow of the Center for Spiritual Living in Granada Hills. Reverend Mike first opened with a short introduction and prayer. Then, Benita Trujillo and Gary Dickerson, who work with the office of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, took some time to thank the Tscherne family for their many years of service in promoting tennis and helping the kids in the community. Mr. Dickerson offered words of appreciation for Steve and other volunteers who donate their time and valuable efforts to the community.
NJTP President Rudy Cordova presented the plaque to Cindy Speir for the bench being dedicated in honor of Coach Jim Speir, who worked with NJTP as well as other tennis organizations including TGA Tennis and Aceing Autism.
Then, the plaque above Court 1 was unveiled, dedicating the tennis court complex at El Cariso Park in honor of Coach Steve Tscherne.
Finally, Joey Tscherne talked about how much Steve loved to teach and play at the El Cariso courts, calling the park Steve’s “home away from home.”
We are all extremely grateful and honored for this dedication. We hope it will inspire many others to volunteer and give back to the community the way Coach Steve and Coach Jim did!
Special thanks to:
- Reverend Mike for leading the ceremony
- Richard Abraham for spearheading this dedication and following up with Supervisor Kuehl’s office (even after moving out-of-state!)
- Supervisor Kuehl and her coworkers for their help in making this dedication become a reality
- Bruno Marcy and Celine Soprano for providing the wonderful cakes from their bakery, Pascal Patisserie in Woodland Hills
And another big “thank you!” to everyone who attended the ceremony—your support is vital to us in keeping our tennis program going and growing. We truly could not do it without you!