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Recently-named Tiger Court at Okun Fieldhouse part of new partnership between Fort Hays State University and Johnson County Park & Recreation District
POSTED: 03/06/2018
One of the four multipurpose courts at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Okun Fieldhouse has been renamed named Tiger Court, representing the partnership between Fort Hays State University and JCPRD, district officials announced recently.

“Fort Hays State University is excited to begin this partnership with the Johnson County Park & Recreation District," said Fort Hays State University Director of Admissions Tricia Cline. "Eastern Kansas is a growing student population at FHSU and this new relationship is a wonderful opportunity to not only support students in the area, but also market our educational opportunities to prospective students and family members.”

Located in Hays, Kan., Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902, and has an enrollment of nearly 15,000 students on a tree-lined campus of 200 acres. FHSU is the leading forward-thinking, entrepreneurial university of the Midwest. The university offers certificate and degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels through 31 academic departments. Fort Hays State attracts goal-oriented students who want premier learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom combined with extraordinary one-to-one attention and support. Students not only graduate with a deep appreciation of knowledge, professional skills, and confidence, but they also have a competitive edge upon graduation - over 96 percent of FHSU students find a job or placement in graduate school after graduation.

Okun Fieldhouse is a 56,500-square-foot indoor sports facility featuring four basketball courts, eight volleyball courts, and concessions. The fieldhouse was constructed in 1999 and each year hosts a wide variety of adult and youth basketball and volleyball leagues, tournaments, camps, and special events. Individual court or full facility rentals are available. For more information about JCPRD’s Okun Fieldhouse programs or rental opportunities, call (913) 826-2900.

“We are extremely excited to work with Fort Hays State University and to have the Tigers represented here at Okun Fieldhouse, ” said JCPRD Sports and Facilities North Manager T. Douglas Hite. "Okun Fieldhouse and Johnson County Park & Recreation District not only serve the youth of Johnson County, but also the Midwest with our tournaments and special events. We are looking forward to seeing many athletes playing on Tiger Court for years to come."

Johnson County Park & Recreation District was recently awarded the 2017 National Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. JCPRD offers more than 4,000 programs and activities each year, and it manages over 9,900 acres of parkland, more than 90 miles of trails, and multiple recreational facilities. A recent study by The Trust for Public Land found that JCPRD parks, trails, and programs are key economic drivers which contribute more than $97 million annually in economic benefits to the community. Last year alone there were over 2.7 million participations in the programs presented by JCPRD, and nearly 8 million visitations to the district’s parks.

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