Fall Updates!

Published by Jason DeGroff on October 2, 2020

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Before we get into some updates, I’d like to first take you back to the beginning — who are we and why Swing. First up is Rob Autry. Rob is the founder, chief visionary, and CEO of Swing Racquet + Paddle. Swing was born from his love for racquet and paddle sports, his culmination of entrepreneurial experiences, and his drive to challenge the status quo. In 2018, I joined Swing as Rob’s partner and together we’ve been working to bring the Swing dream to life.

After considering and evaluating multiple locations for Swing’s flagship campus, we focused our efforts on Raleigh. Did you know that:

  • There are an estimated 60,000 active tennis players in the Raleigh-Durham area?!
  • Raleigh is on nearly every top ten list in the country, has seen explosive growth in the last ten years, yet hasn’t had a new racquet sports facility built in over 20 years.
It was a no-brainer to start Swing in our hometown!

Speaking of our flagship location, as you may have noticed, either because you drove by or you saw our updates on social media, we’ve made some changes to the Swing site at 6121 Mt. Herman Road. Until recently, the land was very overgrown — with tall grass and weeds as well as fallen branches and tree limbs. With the help from some local friends, we’ve started to clean it up and will continue to maintain it until construction begins. We’ve even added a fun Swing-branded fence to let the world know we’re coming!

The question on everyone’s mind, and what Rob and I get asked all the time, is when construction is going to begin. Our goal is to break ground during the first half of 2021. That is further out than we had initially planned but, like everyone else, the pandemic slowed us down a little. But trust us, we’re full steam ahead and can’t wait to tell you what else we’ve been working on.

Over the past few months, we’ve taken the lemons from the pandemic and turned them into some damn good lemonade. Many clubs and fitness facilities are now having to retrofit and upgrade their spaces to accommodate the new normal. But, given our stage in the design and engineering process, we’ve had the opportunity to really focus on building the facility of the future and prepare Swing for the new normal. Check out my article to see what enhancements we’re considering for Swing.

In addition to making improvements to the land and designing a facility for the future, we’ve been focusing some of our efforts on the community. Rob and I both want to stress how important our community is to Swing. Our goal is to make racquet sports accessible to everyone and provide opportunities for those that might not otherwise be able to experience tennis, pickleball, and all the other great racquet sports. It was with this in mind that we decided to sponsor Raleigh Tennis Association’s Try Tennis Community Outreach program which will provide 25 Try Tennis Toolkits to underserved families and community programs. Try Tennis was developed by USTA North Carolina as a way to grow tennis across the state.

Try Tennis Toolkit

That’s it for this update. We look forward to bringing you regular updates and staying connected!

Keep swinging,
Jason DeGroff

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