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Kim Atkins Memorial Tennis Tournament kicks off Aug. 21
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It didn't take the new Rockdale Tennis Center long to get its first important tennis event. The facility, located at 1400 Parker Rd., will host the fourth-annual Kim Atkins Memorial Tennis Tournament from Aug. 21-23.

The three-day doubles tournament benefits the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation, which was established in honor of Kim Atkins, who died at the age of 32 in Oct. of 1999 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer.

Last year's tournament raised $34,000, and this year the organizers - including the late Atkins' husband, Benny - hope to get closer to their goal of $250,000. The money will go to obtaining a mobile mammography unit for Conyers area.

The event kicks off with the "Serve 'em Up Signup Party," which will take place in unison with team check in on Friday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. The party will be located at the Law Offices of Jorge Flores in Olde Town, and features live music by The Peeled Onions, a silent auction, goody bags and appetizers along with a beer and wine tasting. Non-players may attend for $30, otherwise teams are covered by their $80 signup fee.
Play begins on and will go for the entire next day, and the event's finals begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23. The final matches will be followed by a low-country boil and awards ceremony, for which tickets can be purchased for $20.

Teams can sign up for AA, A, B or C levels of play as a men's, women's or family (an adult and one child between grades 4-12) doubles team.

To register (registration ends on Friday) or for more information about the tournament, sponsorships and donations visit the tournament's official Web site at