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Aug, 2018

Memory Makers Tennis Tournament

Jack Ligon, a junior at Oxford High School, is trying to make a difference. Ligon is a member of the OHS tennis team and for the second straight year, he has organized and led the Memory Makers Tennis Tournament. It will be held at FNC Tennis Center on Saturday, Aug. 11. Rain date is Aug. 12. Jack is a very special young man, with a special heart. Here is a Q & A that helps explain why this cause is so important to him.

John Davis: How did you get attached to Memory Makers in this way?
Jack Ligon: I am attached to Memory Makers through my organization, Students for Alzheimer’s at Oxford High School.  We volunteer with Alzheimer’s residents at the Blake’s Memory Care.  Last year, I decided to do a tennis tournament to raise money for an Alzheimer’s related charity, and Memory Makers reached out to me about giving them the donations because they lost a grant from the Department of Mental Health.  I visited their facility and their whole philosophy and operation was awesome and I loved how they focused on maintaining dignity in their participants, so I agreed to give the money to them.

Davis: Why should people play in the tournament? What do you tell people to sell them on taking part?
Ligon: People should play in the tournament because it is a great way to get everybody outside and playing tennis together, and it benefits a great cause as well. There is also a silent auction with lots of nice items.

Davis: How much time and effort have you spent getting this tournament together?
Ligon:  I have spent hours on hours working for signups and donations, as well as gathering items for the silent auction.

Davis: What has been the general response from players and residents so far?
Ligon: All of the players whom I have talked to seem very excited about playing in the tournament, as this tournament is much more relaxed than most tournaments, being that it is a round robin.

Davis: I know all money raised is good, but is there a goal you had going?
Ligon: Our goal is to raise over $6,000 since we surpassed $5,000 last year.

Davis:  How has this process impacted you? Do you feel more mature or appreciative of your gifts and your family?
Ligon: Volunteering at the Blake really helps you to appreciate what you have. When you see folks who can barely walk if at all and can’t remember the names of their grandchildren, it really helps you to be thankful for all of your blessings in life.

Davis: Talk about your sponsors. How did those relationships form?
Ligon: Some sponsors were family friends, but others were people I met by going around the streets of Oxford asking for donations.

Davis: Do you have plans to do another tournament in the future?
We hope to continue this tournament after I graduate to help Memory Makers continue their great operation, so we partnered with the Blake and Providence Companion Care to have people to help run the tournament and gather donations once I graduate.


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