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7/7/2017 3:24:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Tuj Lub Courts Grand Opening

By Amy Doeun

Mayor Chris Coleman tried his hand at Tuj Lub during a grand opening ceremony in St. Paul
Back in 2014, the Minnesota Tuj Lub Club approached Ramsey County Parks and Recreation with a request for more formal Tuj Lub courts at Keller Lake Regional Park. According to Alisha Seifert, Communications Associate for Ramsey County Parks and Recreation, "They were already using the grassy area for informal games and they wanted to see if we would be interested in putting in a formal court."

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation then went through the process of securing funds and finding a contractor. Finally on Saturday, June 10th the courts had their official grand opening. The Minnesota Tuj Lub Club has been part of the planning process. "We have had many meetings with them over the years. Some at the site," Seifert said.

According to Seifert, "The courts are pretty straight forward, similar to a tennis court, and were relatively easy to build. The biggest issue was underlayment for flooding and the path to the courts that was ADA compliant. The courts themselves are a long grass rectangle with concrete launching pad, it was not particularly difficult to find a contractor."

Seifert added, "This is one of the first premier level courts. A lot of games are played in makeshift places. There is another court in St. Paul at Duluth and Case, that was installed by the city, and another court in Colorado. It is such a traditional game. It is not something I have seen personally. Obviously, the Hmong community is a big part of the Ramsey County community. We are happy they have this space."

Though not difficult to build, the effort makes a huge difference to the community. Chia Chue Yang, President for the Minnesota Tuj Lub Club, told Hmong Times that he has been playing Tuj Lub since 1987. "We have a group, I am very happy and excited for the courts. We never had anything like this before." Yang went on to say that they have approached Senator Foung Hawj about the possibility of indoor courts so that they can play all year round.

Seifert said, "The courts are already such a gathering point." Directly after the grand opening, that was held that morning, the club launched into its first tournament with several teams coming from out of state to play.

St. Paul, MN



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