Lady Lions Tennis Team to participate in Smash Cancer Tennis Invitational
The Lady Lions Tennis Team will travel to Jasper May 5-6 to play in the annual Smash Cancer Tennis Invitational at the Ed Yarbrough Tennis Complex. The teams participating are Loogootee, Gibson Southern, Jeffersonville, Alexandria, Paoli, Jasper, Silver Creek, and New Albany.
This year the Lady Lions will be playing in honor of Colin Nelson. Colin is a 2012 Graduate of Loogootee High School and member of the Basketball State Championship team. Though Colin never played tennis, five members his immediate family did. His mother, Samantha, sister, Erin, uncle, Chris, and cousins Emily and Brittney Bateman have all participated in the Loogootee Tennis Program. Colin will be honored in a ceremony that will take place at the Ed Yarbrough Tennis Complex in Jasper at 8:30 am Saturday, May 6.
To honor Colin, the Loogootee Tennis program will be selling t-shirts now through noon on April 27 in the color orchid (light purple) to represent Testicular Cancer. The cost will be $12. Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will go to the Ann Jones Burch Tennis Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, you may contact Mike Tippery by telephone at 812-295-3254 ext. 555 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks should be made payable to LHS Activities. Money will be due upon receiving the t-shirt on May 5 or 6. You may also make donations by check directly to the Martin County Community Foundation with “Burch Scholarship” in the memo field.
This will be the second consecutive year the Loogootee Tennis Program has participated in this event. Last year the team played for Ann Burch who at the time was battling Cancer. In just a few short months the Burch family took the initial sum of $275 that was raised with last years t-shirt sales and turned it into a fully funded scholarship through various fundraising efforts, donations, and the generosity of the Loogootee community. Though Ann did not win her battle against Cancer, the Burch family were able honor her by establishing a scholarship fund for deserving Loogootee tennis players.