Bitsy Grant Tennis Center owes much to our volunteers, who frequently come together to improve the courts and make things happen.
Take Irv Hoffman.
A proud Georgia Tech graduate, Hoffman is a retired engineer who started his own company, Hoffman, Butler & Associates, in 1969. Among its many achievements, his firm served as the mapping consultant for the Interstate 285/GA 400 Interchange, and also worked on major projects for MARTA and the Georgia DOT.
Irv started playing tennis in high school on his uncle’s red clay court in Apple Pie Ridge, in Baldwin County, GA. When he picked tennis back up again, he chose to play at Bitsy Grant because of the clay courts. An avid player, you can find him on the courts up to 3 days a week.
One day, Irv got tired of looking at the weeds growing in the shadow of the former grand stand between courts 1 & 2 and 11 & 12. The bleachers that sat there had been condemned and torn down in 2013, and what remained was an eyesore.
Irv decided to do something about it. He removed the weeds, replenished the soil, and planted roses, day lilies, hardy plants and low shrubs. Despite his work, he knew irrigation would be a problem because of the concrete slab underneath the plants, and the broken faucets at either end of the garden.
So he researched the faucet manufacturer (Murdock, an 85-year-old company) and ordered replacement parts. Now the frost-free faucets work perfectly. His latest project is to fix the water fountain between courts 1 and 12, not far from the garden. With handyman Alito’s help, he has taken it apart, identified the broken part, and is convinced the Murdock water fountain will last 100 years once repaired. When asked why he took all this on, he said simply, “It needed to be done.”
Longtime friend and fellow Bitsy player Bill Earnest had this to say when asked about Hoffman:
Both on and off the Bitsy tennis court, Irv Hoffman is one of the most unselfish individuals I’ve had the pleasure to know. His voluntary, intelligent, and constant care for the bushes and flower planter, the water fountains, and the Bitsy Tennis Center grounds evidences his “giving” approach to life. And even on the tennis court, it’s almost impossible to get him to choose on which side to play or who will serve first. He always defers to his partner’s wishes.
When you are fortunate enough to play tennis with Irv, you know he gets to every shot and somehow never seems to tire – even on scorching days. He is proud of his alma mater Georgia Tech and a real credit to his engineering profession. In his “spare time,” Irv is a long distance bicycler – having pedaled across the United States and cycled in many parts of our country. He truly is a man of many talents and a good friend.”
We couldn’t agree more. A tremendous thank you to Irv Hoffman for bringing some beauty (and water) to our tennis courts!