The University of Alabama RISE Center will host tennis and golf tournaments to raise money for their programming, which seeks to enrich the lives of children with and without special needs.

RISE, founded in 1974, offers resources to children including music therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, all in a classroom setting designed to give them skills necessary to succeed in school without making it an exclusively special education.

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The program, which is one of eight in the country, is the only one of its kind to waive fees for families of children with special needs who attend, which makes the cost to maintain the program even more sizable.

The UA RISE Center receives funding from The University of Alabama, an endowment, and contracts with local school systems, but events like these fundraisers are necessary to keep the services free for those who need them.

The women's doubles tennis tournament and the mixed doubles tournament will take place April 13 and 15 respectively at the PARA Tuscaloosa Tennis Center with a $150 cost per team.

The RISE Tournament of Champions, held April 19-20 at the NorthRiver Yacht Club, is a four-person dropout scramble with morning and afternoon tee times on both competition days. Registration for a four-person team starts at $2,800.

The top three teams in the RISE Tournament of Champions have the opportunity to win prizes including televisions, paddle boards, travel golf bags, a Top Golf experience, football helmets and footballs autographed by UA Head Football Coach Nick Saban, and other Alabama-related memorabilia, in addition to a gift all golfers will receive at check-in as well as provided lunch.

For more information, call 205-348-7931 or visit UA RISE Center's website.

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