Written by Abbie Walker | Photographed by Joe Ellis
Nestled among the trees of Parham Bridges Park in Lefleur East is the Parham Bridges Tennis Center, run by Overkil Tennis. With 14 courts, a fully-stocked pro shop, lessons and tournaments throughout the year, Overkil makes it easy for players to stay fit and have fun.
“If anyone wants to get involved in tennis, we have virtually everything they need,” said Overkil President Terry Overcash. He and Mike Kilian started the business in 1998, combining their last names to create the brand that has become a well-known hot spot for Jackson’s tennis enthusiasts.
Looking to polish tennis skills? Overkil offers tennis academies for both junior and adult players throughout the week. Professional coaches can help at all levels, from introducing someone to the game or pushing them to the next level. A pro shop on premises adds to the experience.
“Most facilities don’t have a shop like ours,” said Overcash. With a wide selection, Overkil is one of the largest tennis pro-shops in the South.
This summer, Overkil will host a kids camp for ages 8 and up from June to August. They are also launching their Tennis Recruit program for those who have never played tennis before or who want to get back into the sport.
“We try to meet players where they’re at,” said Overcash. “Jump in, and we’ll help you figure out where you belong.”
In addition to helping players reach their goals, Overkil strives to create a welcoming atmosphere.
“We are known for our big social events,” said Kelli Hughes, USPTA director of adult programs and facility manager. “Tennis is a great way to meet new people and make friends.”
Overcash says the beauty of tennis is that it can be a lifelong sport that keeps players in shape and interacting with others. “You can have a great time while still being competitive,” he said.
Hosting numerous tournaments at the Parham Bridges Tennis Center brings many players and their families to Jackson throughout the year. Kevin Essary, USPTA Director of Marketing and Advertising, estimated that these events have contributed at least $18 million in economic impact to Jackson.
“I think it’s safe to say that Parham Bridges Tennis Center is one of our strongest recreational facility contributors that the city has,” said Essary.
While Overkil oversees activities at the Parham Bridges Tennis Center, the city owns the property. Future renovations are in the works, which include adding four new courts, a new entrance and new windscreens for the courts. Overkil will host fundraisers to help cover the cost of projects, which Essary said will help them host even larger tournaments with even more out of town players to support the LeFleur East community.
Overkil Tennis is open seven days a week. For more information about tennis lessons and events and to sign up for summer camp, visit overkiltennis.com or call 601.956.1105.