Ashford Univesity Acquires YMCA Tennis Center

Center will be Home to Ashford's New Tennis Teams

In preparation for the addition of its intercollegiate men’s and women’s tennis programs, Ashford University has assumed ownership of the Clinton YMCA’s Tennis Center, located at 315-321 4th Avenue South in Clinton, Iowa. 

“The opportunity for Ashford to assume ownership of this facility couldn’t have come at a better time,” said John Ballheim, Ashford University vice president and campus director. “We will be adding men’s and women’s tennis in the fall semester and having an indoor tennis complex will be a boon to the programs.” He also noted that the center was designed to meet all United States Tennis Association specifications which will allow Ashford University to host tournaments there. 

“And, of course, we will want to make this great facility available as a community resource as well,” Ballheim said.

Ten years ago, the Armstrong Curtis Foundation built the tennis facility on land owned by the YMCA and then gifted the building to the organization. The Clinton Family YMCA announced in early April that it would cease membership operations on May 1 and dispose of assets owned by the corporation, according to board chair, Carol Machael.

“We are excited to have been offered this opportunity to acquire a tennis center that’s right in the heart of Clinton,” Ballheim said. “This further demonstrates Ashford University’s commitment to the city of Clinton.”

No financial details of the transaction were released. With the addition of men’s and women’s tennis, Ashford will have a total of 17 intercollegiate sports.

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.