Kennett Native And Superstar Continues To Give Back To The Community

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) -- The people of one Region 8 community have something to "crow" about tonight-- they have new tennis courts, and a  hometown girl turned superstar helped get the "ball" bouncing.

"It's great to be able to give back to a community that I love so much, and have been supported so heavily by," said Kennett Native, and superstar Sheryl Crow.

When Sheryl Crow saw a need for new tennis courts at Kennett High School, it didn't take long for that need to be met.

"A lot of people were involved in overseeing the project. It's been a real project of love and it's going to have a fruitful future hopefully," said Crow.

With a generous $100,000 donation from Sheryl Crow, $50,000 in grant money, and money put up from the school, Kennett High School and the community can now play tennis on top notch courts.

After a short ceremony recognizing those who helped make these new courts possible, Sheryl Crow and her dad got a chance to play.

"It's just a great sport and a great community activity," said Crow.

Janet Hilburn is Kennett High School's Tennis Coach. She says the new courts are attracting people all day every day.....sparking interest in a game you can play at any age.

"It's just really great--you wouldn't believe how many people we have playing now," said Hilburn.

For the players, they say it's exciting to have such nice courts, and are grateful to everyone who helped make it possible.

"We have more of a passion for tennis, and it makes us want to come out and play more," said Kennett Senior, Susan Shetley.

For Crow, giving back to her hometown of Kennett, Missouri is certainly nothing new.

It's proof she's just as proud of Kennett, as the town and the residents are of her.