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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina presented a $2,000 donation to Young Harris College’s tennis program to express appreciation for YHC’s support of the Georgia Mountain Tennis Championships. Since 2010, YHC has donated the use of its tennis facility for the annual tournament. The tournament raises money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, and this past year, $9,000 was raised for the organization.

Tom Spencer, chairman of the advisory council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, presented the check to Dr. Drew L. Van Horn, president of YHC.

“When I saw the YHC tennis facility being built, I had a vision to start the Georgia Mountain Tennis Championships to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina,” said Spencer. “We appreciate YHC donating the use of its tennis facility, as well as the hard work of Cammie Nix and others who help run the tournament.”

Cammie Nix serves as the director of tennis for YHC. She and the Mountain Lions tennis team help run the tournament desk during the annual fundraiser.

This past year, the tournament was held Aug. 24 – 26 and had 160 participants.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been matching youth in meaningful, enduring, professionally supported mentoring relationships with adult volunteers who defend their potential and help them achieve their biggest possible futures. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ evidence-based approach is designed to create positive youth outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and improved relationships. In the past 10 years, with 270 affiliates in all 50 states, Big Brothers Big Sisters has served nearly 2 million children. Learn how to get involved at

About Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has three academic divisions: Arts and Humanities, Professional Studies, and Mathematics, Science and Technology, with more than 1,300 students enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga. has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, residence facilities and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit