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Renowned Junior Tennis Academy Opening at Life Time Tennis Facility



Academia Sanchez-Casal

Academia Sánchez-Casal to open its fourth location in Peachtree Corners

Well known for its top-notch junior tennis academy, Academia SánchezCasal and Life Time Athletic and Tennis, a premier facility with over 25 courts in Peachtree Corners, have announced a partnership to offer junior tennis players a venue for those who aspire to play at the college or even professional level.

Academia Sánchez-Casal (ASC) is led by world renowned coach and former No. 1 doubles player Emilio Sánchez Vicario.  The academy, founded in 1998 and headquartered in Naples, Florida, has locations on three continents, Europe, Asia and North America.

To celebrate the partnership, ASC and Life Time Tennis are hosting a grand opening and ribboncutting ceremony on Friday, March 8 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event which will feature a world class doubles exhibition with Emilio Sánchez Vicario, Pavel Slozil, Luke Jensen and Mikael Pernfors.  And on Saturday, March 9, a complimentary junior clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

“There are only a handful of tennis academies with an international reach,” said Bill Rennie, Life Time’s general manager. “With its strong ALTA presence, the metro area has long been known as the tennis capital of the South with a number of strong junior players. We are extremely pleased to partner with ASC on providing a premier junior tennis academy.”

Both Life Time and ASC have developed numerous tennis players of all levels and are wellknown for their unique training systems. ASC, which has international hubs in China and Spain, has developed several elite players including Svetlana Kuznetsova, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov and Daniela Hantuchova. 

“As the Executive Director of USTA Southern and as a member of Life Time – Peachtree Corners, it is most exciting to have a tennis academy of international acclaim coming to the area,” said USTA’s John Callen. “The Sánchez-Casal Academy will bring outstanding training opportunities to the most complete tennis and fitness facility in the state.  Under the leadership of Bill Rennie, General Manager, Life Time – Peachtree Corners, will continue to be a real Gold Star for the city and one we are all proud to call our own. Lifetime continues to show its leadership as the premium tennis and fitness brand in the U.S. and the Sánchez-Casal Academy will underscore that position.”

Life Time Tennis Facility
Life Time Tennis Facility in Peachtree Corners

Life Time Athletic and Tennis at Peachtree Corners is one of over 140 Life Time facilities in the U.S. and Canada. The Peachtree Corners location offers 28 indoor and outdoor tennis courts and a 2,600-seat outdoor tennis stadium.

“We are thrilled that this renowned tennis academy will be located in Peachtree Corners,” said City Manager Brian Johnson. “This will be a tremendous value for not only our community, but a destination for inbound tennis players regionally, nationally and internationally.”

Life Time Tennis is located at 6320 Courtside Drive in Peachtree Corners, telephone: 770-4496060. The ASC-Life Time Tennis Academy will begin training junior players on April 15. For more information visit: https://www.sanchezcasal.com/

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Light Up the Corners – A Fun Way to Help Our Community



Light Up the Corners is a one-of-a-kind nighttime experience with two events: the 4 Mile Glow Run and the 1K Twilight Trot. In these two events, the course will be lined with blinking lights, illuminating your path. All participants will also be given glow lights to light up the course as they walk or run. 

Because the main concept of Light Up the Corners is to have fun lighting up the streets, there will be contests for the “glowiest” boys, girls, men, women, and teams. So, don’t forget to strap on as much glow bling as you can find! 

But keep in mind that Light Up the Corners is not only about having fun. While you’ll definitely have a great time, these events are also about helping our community. As such, all proceeds from the events will benefit the at-risk children and families around Peachtree Corners. The money will be used to give these people a chance to participate in various life-enhancing activities and programs at the Fowler YMCA.  

Overall, these two events will not only light up Peachtree Corners but will also light up lives as well. Remember, this event is not only for those who can run fast; weekend joggers, casual walkers, or any anyone who wants to help our community is welcome to join the 4 Mile Glow Run and 1K Twilight Trot.

When and Where

Light Up the Corner will be held at Peachtree Corners, GA on August 10, 2019 (Saturday). The 4 Mile Glow Run will start at 8:30 pm and will end at 11:30 pm. As for the 1k Twilight Trot, it will start at 8:00 pm EDT and will end at 8:25 pm EDT. 

How to Join this Fun Activity

To join Light Up the Corners, you can either register online or go to the Fowler YMCA or New Balance Store at The Forum. 

Individual registration will cost $35 for the race fee and $3 for the sign-up fee. The price will be lower if you register as a team – four or more persons per team.  

If you can’t make it to the event, you can still light up someone’s life by being a phantom runner. The registration fee is $38 ($35 for the race fee and $3 for the sign-up fee). 

For more information, you can visit the Light Up the Corner’s page at https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/PeachtreeCorners/runthecorners

More Fun at the Post-Race Party!

After the 4 Mile Glow Run and 1K Twilight Trot, all participants can join and have more fun at the BEST post-race party in Peachtree Corners. There will be live music along with free food and drinks courtesy of the events’ generous sponsors. Prizes and gift certificates will also be handed out during this time. 

With that, let’s light up the streets and someone’s life this August 10, 2019, by signing up for Light Up the Corners!


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Golf Tournament to Raise Funds for Assistance League of Atlanta



Assistance League of Atlanta

Every day, our first responders are working hard to ensure the safety and well-being of people in our communities.  Assistance League of Atlanta is thanking those who give so much to us by giving police officers, firefighters and wounded warriors a day on the links during their second annual DRIVING “FORE”WARD Golf Tournament on Monday, May 6th.

Foursomes of first responders from Chamblee, Dunwoody, Gwinnett County, Peachtree Corners and John’s Creek will be among the field of players participating in the fund raising event for Assistance League of Atlanta, to be held at Bear’s Best in Suwanee which features a premier golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Donations and sponsorships from supporters and donors covered the cost for nearly 40 individuals to play golf as a way to thank them for their service.

The festivities will start at 8:00 a.m. to allow time for hitting range balls and warming up. Official shotgun start time will be 9:30 a.m. There will be a breakfast snack and a full BBQ lunch served, along with raffle prizes, fifty-fifty drawing and a silent auction after the tournament. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams, closest to the pin, longest drive and long putt contest.

About Assistance League of Atlanta. Assistance League Atlanta is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization committed to helping children and adults in need to rebuild their lives and become more self-sufficient. We assist a network of 250 community partners to provide new clothing, household goods, hygiene kits, comfort items and education aid to those affected by homelessness, abuse, and poverty. Funding for our programs comes from proceeds from its Attic Treasures Thrift Shop (located at 3534 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA  30341) as well as donations and grants..  Donations are tax deductible.  For more information, visit our website, AssistanceLeagueATL.org

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Greater Atlanta Christian Alumni Chosen to Captain U.S. Navy Football Team



Ford Higgins, GACS
Ford Higgins (photo courtesy GAC)

Peachtree Corners’ Ford Higgins Elected as Co-Captain

Two recent Greater Atlanta Christian School alumni have been chosen to captain the U.S. Naval Academy football team for the 2019 season. 

Captains are elected by a team vote, and for the first time ever, 4 co-captains were chosen. GAC graduates Paul Carothers of Flowery Branch (Class of 2015) and Ford Higgins of Peachtree Corners (Class of 2016) are seniors at the Naval Academy and will lead the team side-by-side, just as they did while they were Spartans.

GAC Athletic Director and head football coach Tim Hardy said, “It is a tremendous honor to be named Captain of the Navy Football Team. The team is comprised of some of the most outstanding young men in the nation. I am not surprised that both Ford and Paul were chosen. These are two of the absolute finest young men to graduate from GAC.  Though different individuals, they possess many of the same characteristics such as strength of character, mental toughness, and selfless dedication to others.  Both of them are elite competitors who confront any challenge with strength and total commitment.  Their effort, attitude, and determination give courage and confidence to those around them.”

Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo said, “This year we waited to elect our team captains…We wanted to go through winter conditioning, our fourth quarter workouts, and spring practice before our team voted to give everybody ample opportunity to select captains based on who earned the privilege. I couldn’t be more excited about the captains that our team selected.”

Coach Niumatalolo noted that Higgins earned two varsity letters and started all 13 games in 2018. Higgins will anchor the line for the second year at the center position.

Carothers, a linebacker, has been a Navy special teams player, seeing action in nine games a year ago and making six tackles. He had an outstanding spring and made a strong push to be a starter in the fall, according to Niumatalolo.

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