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Tuscaloosa, Alabama. . .The RISE Tournament of Champions benefiting The University of Alabama’s RISE Center will be held April 25-26 at NorthRiver Yacht Club, 3100 Yacht Club Way NE. The tournament is a four-person scramble, handicaps required, with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days.
The RISE Center, a part of the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences, serves children with disabilities and their typically developing peers. It’s nationally recognized program provides an early childhood education that enriches the lives of infants and preschoolers with and without special needs. RISE is also dedicated to excellence in service, research, and teaching. The preschool program not only benefits families in the community, it serves as a practicum and internship site for students from UA and other colleges.
“RISE Center is the only RISE program in the country that does not charge tuition to children receiving its services. It’s the driving force behind our fundraising efforts,” said Andi Gillen, RISE director. The program is not an inexpensive one, it costs about $20,000 per child each year. While it does receive funding from The University, an endowment, and contracts with local school systems, fundraisers like the golf tournament are crucial to the school’s success.
Registration for the golf tournament starts at $2,500 for a four-person team. Morning and afternoon prizes like televisions, paddle boards and golf accessories will be awarded to the top four teams with the best gross and net scores. Golfers will also receive a gift upon check-in and lunch will be provided.
Coach Nick Saban and other “champions” will be on hand for the event.
For more information, or to register, contact RISE at 205/348-7931.
In addition to the tournament, golfers and guests are invited to CHIP in for RISE from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 25 at the Yacht Club at NorthRiver. The event, which is open to the public, includes a silent auction and light refreshments. Former UA football coach Gene Stallings will be the special guest.
The silent auction includes, among other items, Alabama memorabilia, artwork, and vacation packages.
Tickets for CHIP in for RISE are $30 for individuals and $50 for couples and can be purchased at the door. Those registered for the golf tournament will receive one ticket to the event.
The Rise School graduation ceremony was held on July 28, 2016 at The Stallings Center on the campus of The University of Alabama. The theme this year was "Movin' & Groovin' to Big School" with the children participating in a variety of musical numbers revolving around modes of transportation. The audience enjoyed watching the students perform to songs such as "I Get Around", "Magic Carpet Ride"and "Car Wash". Afterwards, guest speaker, Bryan Raschilla, told of his family's wonderful experiences with the RISE Program. He assured parents that this year's graduates were indeed ready for the challenges of kindergarten and beyond because of the dedication of the RISE teachers.
The Laura Allison Harbin Award for Outstanding Achievement in the RISE Summer Teenage Volunteer Program was presented to Tana Early. The award was created in July 2001 after the Harbin family lost Allison instantly in a single-car accident in her sophomore year of high school. In Allison's words, "the kindness of one can have an effect on many". Her spirit lives on in the halls of RISE each summer as new volunteers continue her work.
Andi Gillen, Director of the RISE School, presented diplomas to each student. A reception afterwards for the graduates and their friends and families was provided by the Alabama Power Service Organization.