Beginning today, the center will host the seventh Charlie Joseph’s Lobbin’ for Literacy tournament, a fundraiser that helps to raise money for the Troup County Certified Literate Community Program in the Benjamin Harvey Hill Homes community.
The tournament, which raised more than $1,000 dollars last year for the program, will start up today and run through Sunday, with nearly 100 competitors expected to participate.
“We have players from all skill levels,” said Bill Champion, the head pro at McKluskey. “All are done through the USTA levels. We offer 2.5 all the way through 4.0 level players.”
Champion said the tournament has been a huge success for the center.
Along with the Patti Teaver Tennis Classic, it’s one of the two biggest tournaments the center hosts each year.
“Time flies when you’re having fun,” Champion said. “We have seen this event grow every year, and its great to see everyone coming out to support a good cause.”
The tournament was started when Debbie Burdette, Troup County CLCP board Executive Director, approached Champion about putting on a tournament.
Champion was glad to help.
“When I was working the first year she approached me about doing a fundraiser here,” Champion said. “They were doing the Leggin it for Literacy run in the fall and this was a take off of that. It was kind of a cool thing to do.”
Proceeds raised from the tournament will go to raise funds for the CLCP summer reading program, which provides books, arts and crafts supplies, school supplies and snacks for participating children.
“It helps them out a lot,” Champion said. “It helps out a lot with the summer reading program. It’s a great program to be able to be a part of and its great to be able to raise money for such a good cause.”