The NK Foundation, founded by Greek-Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios, has made it’s first steps as a government funded initiative after securing funds to develop a Gungahlin tennis facility in Canberra.
Officially named the ‘NK Foundation – Giving Dreams A Sporting Chance‘, the Foundation announced funding commitment from ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry on Facebook last night.
“For all the families in the Gungahlin region, this facility will fill the desperate need for tennis courts in the area,” Nick Kyrgios wrote on Facebook.
“Youth from all walks of life will be encouraged to come and take part in our coaching programs on offer.”
Labor MP Yvette Berry announced that the facility would include:
– 10-12 full sized courts
– Hot shots courts
– A hitting wall
– LED floodlighting
“Canberra has the highest rates of participation in sport across the country – we really love our sport – and tennis continues to grow with over 32,000 participants in the ACT,” the Deputy Chief Minister added.
“As Nill said today, sports brings families and the community together and this facility will provide a place for kids to go and for everyone to get involved in local sport.”
The NK Foundation was set up by Greek Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios to offer sporting opportunities, support services, education & training pathways, low-cost accomodation and solutions for underprivileged youth.
Nick Kyrgios says this important step is only “the start of something great” as the Foundation works to create more tennis facilities in disadvantaged regions in Australia.