The Coast Guard Air Station in Cape Cod unveiled a newly resurfaced tennis court Monday that was made possible in part by the Coast Guard Foundation Shipmate Fund.
The commanding officer of the air station, Capt. Dave Throop, thanked the Coast Guard Foundation and one of its long time directors, Mr. James J. Coleman, Jr., who donated $15,000 to the resurfacing project. Also in attendance at the ceremony were Massachusetts Congressman Bill Keating and Coast Guard Foundation Director Richard Grahn.
"The crew thanks you for your generosity," Capt. Throop said.
The entire project cost $30,000, and the air station's own facility crew installed the new surface in just two days.
"This is really my honor to be here, standing here," Mr. Coleman said. "Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's you all out here who are saving lives that otherwise could have been gone."
Coast Guard Foundation Directors James Coleman and Richard Grahn cut the ribbon at the new tennis court at Air Station Cape Cod.
Mr. Coleman has a direct personal connection to the Cape Cod air station. Eight years ago he was on a fishing trip 70 miles offshore in Atlantis Canyon, when a member of the fishing party became drastically ill. The man suffered from a severe peanut allergy, and accidentally ate a sauce that contained peanuts.
The captain of the vessel called the Coast Guard, and it was a helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod that responded, rescuing the ill man and saving his life. Mr. Coleman said if it weren't for the Coast Guard's quick response his friend would not have survived, and for that he is eternally grateful.
Coast Guard Foundation Director James Coleman with the airstation's Commanding Officer, Capt. Dave Throop.
Capt. Throop said the tennis court will be heavily used by the many crew stationed there. The Cape Cod Air Station is an impressive unit. The air station sits on the Massachusetts Military installation, a 22,000-acre base that houses Army, Navy and Air Force units in addition to Coast Guard personnel. Nearly 1,200 active duty personnel and their families work and live on the base.