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Tennis complex named for Stevenses

Giving - Lynn and Delan Stevens
Lynn and Delan Stevens

The Delan and Lynn Stevens Tennis Complex at Coastal Carolina University was officially dedicated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony back in April. The Stevenses made a generous donation to the University in support of the facility, which serves as home of the Chanticleers’ men’s and women’s tennis programs.

Delan and Lynn graduated from Coastal in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He has been a member of the University’s board of trustees since 2015. In 2010, he was named CCU’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. She served on the CCU Student Housing Foundation board from 2003 to 2015.

“Coastal has meant an awful lot to Delan and me,” said Lynn Stevens, “not only in the education we received but in the friendships we formed while we were both in school that have carried throughout our lifetimes.”

Delan Stevens added, “It’s a privilege for us to be able to do this. Coastal afforded us a lot more than just an opportunity to play tennis. If it hadn’t been for the education we received from Coastal and the support from staff at the time, we probably wouldn’t have been able to do things like this. It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve.”

The complex first opened on Jan. 31, 2015. It consists of 12 U.S. Open-style courts and is surrounded by bleachers and rocking chairs. The facility also includes lighting, two LED scoreboards, a state-of-the-art speaker system, a press box, equipment storage areas, concessions, restrooms and a 3,000-square foot clubhouse with offices, locker rooms and a lounge.

Cave donates to Social Justice Research Initiative

Giving - Nancy Cave

Nancy Cave of Georgetown has made a donation to support the Social Justice Research Initiative (SJRI) in the College of Science at Coastal Carolina University. The gift supports the University’s I’M IN endowment campaign, which has a goal of increasing CCU’s endowment $20 million by 2020.

Formed in 2012, the SJRI promotes community-based research, experiential learning, community service projects and social change. The endowed program funds will provide resources to enhance SJRI’s three core components of education, research and action.

“I hope the SJRI will create a group of involved and committed people who will bring about change at the local, state and national level,” Cave said. “I have been working on social justice issues for the last 15 years, and I think it is critically important that young people learn to protect and defend those without a voice and those who have been silenced. The social justice initiative will help them learn how to give voice through advocacy and policy to those who are not heard.”

By focusing on the causes, processes, structures, and consequences of inequality and social justice in action, the SJRI emphasizes a universitywide curricular program designed to educate and empower agents of social change. 

Cave is in her fifth year as a member of the College of Science’s board of visitors. She recently retired after serving for 15 years as the north coast office director of the Coastal Conservation League, an environmental advocacy organization headquartered in Charleston. She previously worked in marketing and communications at Citicorp, NationsBank, and Dun & Bradstreet. She started her career in radio and television in Chicago.

Late alumnus created melanoma foundation

Parents donate sunscreen products to CCU

Giving - Bob and Candi Caress
Bob and Candi Caress

Just three years after starring on the men’s tennis team and graduating magna cum laude from Coastal Carolina University in 2007, Andy Caress lost his 22-month battle with melanoma. Today, the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation, which Andy founded before his death in August 2010, is committed to raising awareness about this deadly disease.

Andy’s parents, Bob and Candi Caress of Cincinnati, Ohio, have donated a significant quantity of sunscreen products to the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation (CAF). The delivery included 12 one-gallon and 25 half-gallon jugs with pump dispensers and roughly 10,000 individual packets. The products are being made available to Coastal student-athletes and were also distributed to summer Orientation attendees.

According to his parents, Andy loved the outdoors and competing in all types of sports. He started playing tennis around the age of 5 and eventually became the No. 4 singles player for the Chanticleer men’s tennis team. The Caresses have made a commitment to the University to name Court 4 at the Stevens Tennis Complex in their son’s memory.

“So much of Andy is at Coastal Carolina University,” said Candi Caress. “Having a court named after him will be a lasting reminder for people to protect their skin, be aware of the benefits of sunscreen and check for moles. To have him commemorated in that way will be wonderful.”

“Coastal Carolina University was a special place to Andy, and it’s a special place to us,” said Bob Caress. “He absolutely loved it here. He had a ferocious will to win. Once he got to Coastal, he grew tremendously in terms of talent and work ethic. He also was a great student and a joy to be around.”

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, through awareness, education and support of research to find a cure.