April 8, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department will dedicate the new Headington Family Tennis Center at ceremonies this Saturday in Norman. The public is encouraged to attend.

The dedication begins at 11 a.m., and will be held in conjunction with matches featuring OU's men's and women's teams against Colorado. The 12-court complex, located just east of the Lloyd Noble Center, features seating for 800.

More than $1 million was raised for the tennis center. The lead gift came from the Headington family of Dallas, Texas. Tim Headington, the CEO and president of Headington Oil, was a 1972 tennis letterwinner at Oklahoma. An eight-foot brick wall, featuring the Headington name, and a free-standing recognition piece will be unveiled during the dedication.

Plaques on that wall reflect the names of the six court donors. Those six plaques will carry the names of F. Stephen and Gayle Allen of Tulsa, the Robert B. Braver family of Edmond, Scott Martin of Tulsa, R. Mark Geurkink of Norman, Dr. John B. Staub of Midland, Texas and Tom Mahaffey of Marlow.

Braver, Martin, Geurkink, Staub and Mahaffey all played tennis at Oklahoma.

OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione will speak during the ceremony as will women's coach Mark Johnson and men's coach Paul Lockwood. Representatives from each team are also expected to make short remarks.

The dedication will proceed regardless of weather conditions. If forced indoors, it will be held in the Kerr-McGee room, located on the south end of the Lloyd Noble Center.

Saturday features a full line-up of Sooner athletic events in Norman. The women's tennis team hosts CU at 10 a.m., with the men set to play the Buffaloes at noon. The OU baseball and softball teams both host Texas at 2 p.m. The men's and women's track and field teams also host the John Jacobs Invitational beginning at 9 a.m.