Bucyrus High School Boys Tennis program is set to host its first-ever
invitational Saturday, April 25. The inaugural event, set to begin at
10:00 a.m. at the Bucyrus Secondary School, will feature six teams and
honor long-time Bucyrus tennis coach Mr. Jim Grandy.
Mr. Grandy worked diligently to make the Bucyrus High School tennis
facility one of the best in the area during his time as tennis coach. He
personally designed the original courts and installed a water line for a
crude water fountain. Upon Mr. Grandy's passing, his family determined
that a portion of the memorial contributions should go to improve the
tennis facility at BHS.
"After the pathway to the courts was paved by Oberlander's Tree and
Landscape and Bucyrus Road Materials, we turned our attention to
installing a water fountain at the facility," Grandy’s son Tom said. "We
determined a true park-style water fountain, though much more
expensive, would have longevity, and the school district kindly ran the
water lines to the installation area and my father's memorial fund paid
for the purchase of the fountain, a concrete footer, and professional
Once the fountain was completed, Tom and the family turned their
attention to improving the spectator experience at the tennis courts.
They also determined that storage capabilities were needed for the
Bucyrus tennis programs.
"It was rewarding to see the bleachers, despite their rotting
condition, my dad had custom-built by the welding classes had withstood
the test of time," Tom said. "However it was time to replace them, and
dad's memorial fund was able to purchase four sets of aluminum bleachers
and the concrete footers poured beneath them for safety.
"There was also a need for a storage shed for the teams to keep their
equipment in, so a shed was re-purposed and a pad laid to place the
The Grandy family, along with the school district, has plans in place
for additional updates to make to the tennis facility even better
should more contributions come in to the memorial fund. Ultimately, the
goal is to make the facility one that can host conference and district
As for having a tennis tournament named in his father's honor, Tom
believes his dad would be deeply touched by this honor, just as the
family is now.
"It is truly humbling that the Jim Grandy Bucyrus Boys Tennis
Invitational is named in honor of my father," Tom said. "When we went
into this project, we had no intention of doing anything more than
helping make the Bucyrus Community Tennis Courts an even finer facility
through the contributions we had received.
"My father probably could never have imagined that a tournament would
be named after him. He just did what he loved in teaching and
"We are very grateful that Tom and the Grandy family continue to have
such a strong affinity for the Bucyrus City School District and our
tennis programs," Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. "It is only fitting
that we recognize Jim Grandy's contributions to the district, along with
his family’s continuing support, by naming the tennis invitational in
Donations to the Jim Grandy Memorial Fund can be made online at www.youcaring.com/jimgrandy, or through the Community Foundation for Crawford County at www.cfcrawford.org.