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Tennis Legend Wants To Establish New Charter School In Modesto


Since tennis legend Andre Agassi retired, he's focused his attention on building charter schools across the country. He now wants to establish a new school in Modesto.

The Sportsmen of Stanislaus or SOS Club could be the next site of the Turner-Agassi Charter School Fund.

The club has 55,000 square feet with tennis courts, basketball courts, and other facilities, but membership has plunged from a high of 2,500 30 years ago to 500 today.

Club President Wayne Zipser says the offer from Agassi to take over the property for a school makes sense.

“We felt that it was important that if this is continued with this tradition of supporting the community that a charter school would be a perfect fit," says Zipser.

He also says the SOS Club will continue to operate at least through August.

“We may have some opportunity to relocate to a smaller facility and so we’re looking at all those options,” says Zipser.

Agassi’s charter school fund has already built 50 charter schools in the U.S.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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