Peoria, Illinois...October 22, 1998...Bradley University dedicated 6 new tennis courts on campus.
The courts, constructed at 1600 W. Bradley Avenue, are named for David Markin, a 1953 graduate of Bradley and member of the Bradley Hall of Fame, who donated $1 million for the project. The courts are constructed with a Plexipave acrylic tennis court surfacing system that provides a superb playing surface.
The Markin Tennis Courts and Bradley University has served as host for the 2004 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men's Tennis Team Championship and also was the site of the 2005 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Women's Tennis Championship.
The Markin Tennis Courts are open for use to Bradley students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have Haussler Hall alumni passes.
Mr. Markin began work at Checker Motors following his graduation from Bradley. He became president of Checker, the largest taxicab manufacturer in the country, in 1970 and led the company through its expansion from 200 employees to 1,200 employees; from manufacturing a single product to becoming a major supplier to the automobile industry; and in 1982 ending the production of the world-famous Checker Taxicab.
Since 1982 Checker has focused on expanding the auto supplier business. In 1989 Markin and three other investors gained control of International Controls Corp. (ICC), a Fortune 500 corporation, which now owns Checker Motors Corp. and all of its subsidiaries. In addition to running the facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Markin's other business activities included operating taxicab fleets as well as an insurance company in Chicago, Illinois. In December of 1996, he sold all his business interests but Checker Motors in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He now serves on several public boards as well.
An avid tennis player and supporter, Markin serves as the chairman of the U.S. Open Site Development Committee. He has served as chairman of the U.S. Davis Cup Committee and on the Men's Pro Council and has been president of the United States Tennis Association. His interest in tennis began when he played in high school and on the Bradley University tennis team.
In 1993, Markin was inducted into the University's Centurion Society, and in September of 1997, he received the President's Award for Leadership, Service, and Philanthropic Support. He has donated a total of $8 million to the recently concluded Bradley Centennial Campaign. He is a member of the Bradley University Board of Trustees and Centennial Campaign steering committee.
Directions to Markin Tennis Courts: From I-74 (East or West) - Take the University Street exit and go south on University. Follow approximately 0.75 miles. Turn right on to Bradley Avenue (second right after Main Street). The Markin Tennis Courts are located approximately 0.4 miles on the left-hand side. Parking is available on the gravel lot west of the Markin Family Student Recreation Center at the intersection of Bradley Avenue and Maplewood.
Clubs At River City (Indoor) - From I-74 (East or West) use the University Street Exit (#91-North). Go North on University for approximately five miles, then turn right on Altorfer. South Club is on the right 1/4 mils; North Club is on the left 1/2 mile. South phone number (309) 693-5710; North phone number (309) 693-5720.