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Tennis lovers support "Rally for Reading"

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Mike Brumby, Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence Executive Director Mike Brumby, Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence Executive Director
Dale White, ABAC Tennis Coach Dale White, ABAC Tennis Coach
Will Jones, Tennis Player Will Jones, Tennis Player
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Tennis lovers came out to Tifton, also known as  the reading "capital of the world" to celebrate a big milestone.

They warmed up at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College tennis courts for the "Rally for Reading" tennis tournament.  The tournament is a celebration of the 5 million Accelerated Reader points students in Tifton have earned.    

"Success... We have beautiful weather, so it is Sunday so maybe we had higher powers arrange that," said Mike Brumby.    

36 players ranging in age from 8 to 70 years old paid $100 each to support the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence. The players are competing against ABAC's male and female tennis team without keeping score.  

"It's a fun tournament, fun doubles. Each person gets to play with one of our players and against our players," said Dale White.  

11-year-old Will Jones loves playing tennis and wanted to show his support and raise awareness about the importance of reading.  

"So you can get a good education and job," said Will Jones.    

Money will be donated to the foundation and ABAC's tennis program. Players also had the chance to win a free tennis lesson with Coach White.  

"Since reading is a big part of what the foundation does it was just a natural thing to do and it was really pretty easy to get the 36 donors that each put in $100 to do this," said Brumby.

$3600 will go to the foundation. Organizers plan to make this an annual event.

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