A Rise teacher assists students playing with blocks

Golf Tournament Fundraiser Supports UA RISE Center

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The RISE Tournament of Champions benefiting The University of Alabama RISE Center will be held April 20-21 at NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa.

The tournament is a four-person scramble, handicaps required, with morning or afternoon tee times both days.

On April 21, the public is invited to attend Chip in for RISE, a silent auction and cocktail reception, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at NorthRiver Yacht Club. Tickets for the auction are $30 per person or $50 per couple.

Also, part of the fundraising effort is a women’s doubles tennis tournament that will take place at the PARA Tuscaloosa Tennis Center April 12.

“The RISE Center is continually challenging itself to offer the best possible therapies in our inclusive early childhood and preschool educational setting,” said Andi Gillen, RISE director. “The tournaments and CHIP in for RISE combine to form our largest fundraiser and ensures we are able to meet this challenge. We remain committed to our policy that children receiving services attend our program at no cost to their family.”

The cost per child to attend RISE five days a week exceeds $20,000 annually. While RISE receives funding from UA, an endowment and has contracts with local school systems, fundraisers are crucial to the school’s success. This support has been instrumental in the program’s longevity and its ability to provide early intervention services to children with special needs in the Tuscaloosa area.

Registration for the golf tournament starts at $2,750 for a four-person team. Prizes include televisions, paddle boards, Apple Watches, Airpods and other golf accessories which will be awarded to the top four teams with the best gross and net scores. Golfers will also receive a gift upon check-in, and lunch will be provided.

UA Head Football Coach Nick Saban and other Crimson Tide celebrities will be on hand for the golf event. Former UA Head Football Coach Gene Stallings will attend CHIP in for RISE.

For more information about the tournaments, auction and to register, call RISE at 205-348-7931 or visit the RISE Center website.

The RISE Center, part of the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences, is a nationally recognized early childhood education program that enriches the lives of infants and preschoolers with and without special needs.


Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, bryant.welbourne@ua.edu, 205-348-8325