The name change is official: Paintsville’s downtown tennis courts are now the Ken Fuller Tennis Courts, after the unveiling of the newly installed sign on Monday.
“I don’t think I deserve it, but I appreciate it,” Fuller said.
Fuller said the tennis program has grown in the years since its inception, and currently has more than 100 students.
“I think I speak for everyone here when I say, you do deserve it,” Mayor Bill Mike Runyon said.
At a city council meeting in which the name change was approved, Runyon said the naming was done in honor of the man who “brought tennis to Paintsville.”
Fuller, a former Prestonsburg Community College professor, brought a youth tennis program to Johnson County in the early 1990s.
Even through an ongoing battle with cancer, Fuller continues to volunteer in extracurricular activities and he serves as a Paintsville Independent Schools board member. Fuller earned the Kentucky School Boards Association’s 2018 Warren Proudfoot Award for Outstanding School Board Member in March.