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Heard Around Atlanta Fall 2016

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Team Unity in a Battle Off the Courts
When teammates learned that ALTA member Kevin George had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, they decided to make a team statement of support to encourage him in his battle against the disease.

Custom T-shirts proclaiming #KGStrong tell the story. The Windsor Oaks Men’s B2 team, captained by Steve Jannuzzo, sent George his own shirt, which he often wears during treatment.

To learn more about the disease and Kevin’s personal journey, visit his blog at kgstrong.com.

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Tennis Benefit for Interfaith Outreach Home
A fundraiser benefitting Interfaith Outreach Home, a transitional housing program established in 1992 in Doraville for homeless families, will be held Oct. 22 at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center in Atlanta.

Bitsy Grant has offered its facilities for a fun night of round-robin tennis, and all levels of play are welcome. Enjoy food, drink, fun, prizes and great tennis, all while supporting families that need “A Hand Up,” not a handout.

Registration is $100 per player and includes all events, food and prizes. Register by emailing Lynn Newton at lynn_newton@att.net and prepay for the event online at iohome.org or by mailing a check with “Tennis” as the subject to: Interfaith Outreach Home, P.O. Box 48075, Doraville, GA 30362.

Eligible families with children may stay in the home for up to two years while learning how to become independent and break the cycle of homelessness for themselves and the next generation. IOH teaches families to reconcile debt, save money and plan for success while also providing counseling and individual support. Ninety percent of graduates are still in contact and living in safe housing five years after they graduate from the program. Government programs do not support the home, and it primarily relies on private donors, religious groups and private grants.

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‘Play A Few Sets’ Has Several Meanings for Them
Not many ALTA members get to brag that they played at the BB&T Atlanta Open, but there’s one group of guys who can legitimately make the claim — Line 6 (get it?)

That’s the name of the band that performed at this year’s tournament. Band members met because of ALTA tennis and three of the four are still active players. Their music playlist is a mix of classic rock, Motown and R&B, which they performed before the John McEnroe exhibition match.

Members include Steve Ramberg on guitar and vocals, Ed Wallace on drums and vocals, Steve Brown on keyboards and vocals and “Breeze” Broyles on bass and vocals.

If you missed them at the tournament, you can catch a couple of their videos on the band’s Facebook page: facebook.com/daculaline6.

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ALTA Team Creates Helpful Exercise Tool
Denisse Toro and Dawn Clements met at the Carl Sanders YMCA in Buckhead eight years ago when they became tennis partners. Today, they are business partners and the creators of Fit Buddy, a multipurpose tool that helps with injuries.

After visiting a number of health providers and sharing the different tips and equipment recommended by each, Toro and Clements began filling up their workout equipment baskets with so many different products that they decided to create a multipurpose tool to help with injuries. They also wanted a tool that they could take everywhere, in addition to having a product that is lightweight, easy to carry, durable, functional and attractive. After several months of trial and error, they came up with Fit Buddy — “your buddy that will help you stay fit.” It is a massage/therapy/exercise tool that helps athletes maintain a fit body.

Toro and Clements take their Fit Buddies to matches and walk on it to help stretch their feet and calf muscles before and after matches. It can also be used to help open the chest and assist with breathing or stretch a player’s arms.

“We created, developed and started using our Fit Buddy on a daily basis and it keeps our bodies in good enough shape to continue playing tennis, doing yoga, hiking, dancing and playing racquetball,” says Toro.

Each Fit Buddy is handmade in the U.S. It is kiln-dried for 72 hours, treated with an organic oil that seals it to make it antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal, and then a food-grade butcher block wax is added. Net News subscribers get $40 off the retail price by using the code “NetNews.” To learn more about the product or to order one, visit lilifu.co.

 

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