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Justin Mace's favorite sport is not racquetball. The high school senior would rather be playing baseball or soccer. But he knows his way around a racquetball court. When he was trying to decide what to do for his Eagle Scout project, his dad Pete, who is an avid racquetball player, suggested he consider bringing the two old Southern Pines, NC outdoor racquetball courts in Memorial Park back to life. Since the town had recently re-surfaced the Memorial Park tennis courts, it seemed like a good project to give back to the town and residents of Southern Pines and bring this last bit of the park up to date.

After getting the approval of the Southern Pines Recreation and Parks Director, Justin began the extensive planning and approval process for his project. The next step was to secure donations from local business and residents to cover the cost of materials for the project. With that SOUTHERN PINES OUTDOORcompleted, Justin was able to begin his project in August. He lined up other scouts to help and set up a schedule. The courts had to be pressure washed before any other work could start. Then came the patching of cracks that had developed over the years in the concrete floor. With that complete, the painting could begin. The color scheme of the courts came from the Marina Park outdoor courts in Huntington Beach, California where the National Outdoor Racquetball Championships are held each year.

Upon seeing and playing on the finished courts, I can't wait to introduce the sport to the residents of Southern Pines and can now organize events that will bring players from other parts of the state and beyond. This is a perfect situation because Southern Pines not only had the courts brought back to life for it's residents, but the courts can also be used for sanctioned events. Justin has completed a project that will benefit a wide range of people. There were no competitive outdoor courts in NC before and now Southern Pines will be the center of outdoor racquetball in the state.

Seeing his project complete Justin said " It's a great feeling to do something like this that can benefit Southern Pines and so many other people in different ways. It was a lot of work, but well worth it. I couldn't have done it without the help and support of my fellow scouts, my family, Lynn Stephens, and the generous donations of material from several local businesses. My hope is that people will be able to enjoy these courts for many years. I may even start playing more racquetball myself now."

For more info or if you're looking for an outdoor match on the Southern Pines courts contact Lynn Stephens at 910-638-8008 or

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