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.