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2nd Annual Shades for Sage hosted at the Club

On Friday, July 28, 2017, the Club was honored to host the second annual Shades for Sage event.  With nearly 375 attendees, the event was a huge success and a great opportunity to raise funds and create awareness for Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, an inherited mitochondrial disease causing people to go blind.  Sage Lyons, son of Jennifer Lyons (staff member and tennis professional at ACA),  was diagnosed with this disease in 2015.  This fundraiser was hosted by his sister Lee Lyons and many additional family members and friends.

“1 in 100 people are affected by Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy in a year. Due to its rarity, there is alack of funds, education, and research. Shades for Sage supports the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation in their mission to find a cure and change the lives of those affected.”


If you are interested in donating, please visit:


(from the left: Jennifer Lyons, Sage Lyons, and Lee Lyons)

photo credit – Lee Lyons Facebook page


Restaurant unveils new Seasonal Specials

Check out the newest dishes unveiled by Chef Rene Boyzo – if you haven’t checked out the restaurant, what are you waiting for?

Vegetable Lasagna


Airline Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Bowl

Brussels Sprouts

French Quarter Shrimp Pasta

Shrimp Pasta

White Marble Farms Porkchop & Jasmine Rice

Pork Chop

Strawberry Ponzu Mahi Mahi & Quinoa

Mahi Mahi

Baja Tempura Mahi Tacos


ACA takes the cake in Montgomery tournament

Several members of the Club won big this past weekend at the tournament held in Montgomery!  Congratulations to the following members who won or placed in their respective divisions:

Alee Clayton, Winner in Girls 18 Singles

Sydney Flesch, 3rd Place in Girls 18 Singles

Nicole Reilly, 3rd Place in Girls 16 Singles

Grace Forbes, 2nd Place in Girls 16 Singles

Parrish Simmons, 2nd Place in Boys 16 Singles

Nick Heng, Winner in Boys 14 Singles

Martin Vasquez, 5th Place in Boys 14 Singles

Alana Boyce, Winner in Girls 12 Singles

Eli Young, 2nd Place in Boys 10 & Under – Orange Ball

Holly Young, 3rd Place in Girls 10 & Under – Orange Ball

Mazie Macgrotty, 4th Place in Girls 10 & Under – Orange Ball

Debbie Weaver, Kim Mims, Leigh Anne Luther, Linda Lindberg, Nurten Davis, Molly McCrory, Jackie Campbell, Ashley Fiore – 2017 State Champion Adult 40 & Over – Women 4.0

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ALS Wine & Dine hosted at the Club

The 12th Annual Wine & Dine for ALS was held on Saturday, March 25 from 6 – 10 pm at Athletic Club Alabama.  The Wine and Dine for ALS event featured an elegant 4-course dinner, paired with fine wine and featured a silent auction, raffle drawing, and diamond drop.  The organization also hosted a VIP reception prior to the dinner and was held upstairs on the terrace.  See below for some of the incredible moments captured throughout the evening!  (courtesy of Austin D. Hammock Photography)

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ACA Club co-owner, Eddie Jacques, inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic HOF

Club co-owner, Eddie Jacques, was one of 12 inductees honored at the Von Braun Center on Monday, April 10 as a member of the 25th Class of the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame.  Eddie was joined by his family, friends, and members of the Club along with nearly 1,000 other guests in the North Hall on Monday evening at 6 pm to celebrate this wonderful occasion.  Congratulations to our fearless leader!

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‘Doing my own thing’: Alabama’s top girls junior tennis player is Huntsville homeschooler

This article was posted on March 7, 2017 in the Huntsville Times and on

To know Alee Clayton stands alone on a tennis court is not a misnomer.

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Not only is the Huntsville resident the only tennis player in her family, the 17-year-old is also alone at the top of the state rankings as the No. 1 player in the girls 18-under division. She also was recently awarded the honor of Alabama Female Junior Player of the Year by the Alabama Tennis Association.

For Clayton, alone is just what she likes.

“I love the solo aspect of the sport,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed doing my own thing. I like the fact I sort of have a team aspect within the sport with my coaches and family.”

Clayton posted a 52-31 match record last season. The 5-foot-7, left-handed player is ranked No. 15 in the south and No. 97 nationally.

Her record on the court is impressive, to say the least, only having losing marks against higher ranked players listed as a five-Star and blue chip.

Clay, a four-star recruit, has been recruited by an array of colleges, but has yet to make up her mind where she will play while studying sports broadcasting. Among the the schools showing interest are Furman, Davidson, Georgia, Ole Miss, Louisville and Kentucky.

Clayton attended Randolph before changing to a home school program as a sophomore. Today, as a junior, she is enrolled in the Laurel Springs Home School Program, which is based in California. Clayton has no regrets about stepping away from a traditional school. After all, she likes the alone atmosphere of home school.

Clayton’s strong serve has been clocked at 93 miles per hour.

“I’m someone who cares about tennis, a lot,” Clayton said. “I’m competitive, have a big serve, like to go to the net and normally don’t have a lot of long points. I have a strong forehand and I’m physically fit, but not over the top.”

Her love for tennis began from a crush she had on a boy in the third grade. To be able to spend some quality time with him, Clayton took tennis lessons with him.

“I just jumped out there and spent a year with him and tennis,” Clayton recalled. “I fell in love with tennis, but stopped playing when he did.”

For two years Clayton tried team sports and played on the Randolph tennis team as a seventh grader just for fun. She soon took up the sport again on a serious note, playing USTA instead of with the school team.

“I travel with my coaches and other players, and my parents sometimes make the trips, too,” Clayton said. “I have my full family’s support as they are always checking in on me when they don’t make the trips.”

The ATA awarded Clyaton the Junior Player of the Year honor at its annual banquet Feb. 18 in Birmingham. Her male counterpart was David Faulkner of the Magic City and the two of them have played on teams together and played in mixed double events.

“I feel special to receive this award,” Clayton said.
– Bob Labbe

Another successful year for our annual Jack Frost Tournament!

Described by several members as “the best tournament ever,” the Club hosted another successful Jack Frost event on January 19 ending with a huge players party on January 28.  The Club opted for a non-traditional styled tournament this year by splitting it up between two weekends to allow members and guests to compete in more divisions.  “Dividing the tournament into separate weekends allows players to participate in more than one event without having to clear their schedules for a seven day period (to play scheduled matches),” said Eddie Jacques.  The Club also took the opportunity to debut a new lunch menu and chose to serve breakfast during the weekends of the tournament.  The winners of the tournament were as follows:


6.0          Jared Nixon and Cristy Presson

7.0          Juan Boulton and Laurie Creager

8.0          Greg Trammel and Emily Adams

9.0          Abbas Giha and Kimberly Chandler

Open     Alee Clayton and Craig Herr



3.0          Robert Curtis and Raja Ekambaram

3.5          Lance Watson and Austen Young

4.0          Juan Boulton and Blake Hutchinson

4.5          Zac Brown and Jason Hendrix

Open     John Hall and Chris Shearburn



3.0          Jennifer Crowe and Michelle Jones

3.5          Kristy Palmer and Christy Russell

4.0          Barbara Stevens and Rhonda Wagner

4.5          Cecilia McCracken and Sybil Shearburn


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Magnificent turnout for the 2016 ALS Mixed Doubles Tournament!

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[press release provided by Anne Nolan]

On Friday, September 23, Parsons sponsored a mixed tennis tournament to raise money for the Huntsville Walk to Defeat ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). The tournament was held at local tennis club, Athletic Club Alabama. Over 50 players competed – the winners for the 6.0 division were Andrea Foust and Parker Foust, the 7.0 division winners were Amy Thomas and Austen Young, and the 8.0 winners were Tiffany Bartholf and Nevin Langdon. The tournament raised over $5,000, thanks in part to the generous sponsorships, donations of raffle and silent auction items, and players’ participation. Other sponsors include: Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI); Cummings Aerospace; Willbrook Solutions; Summit 7; Johnson Partners; and the Lioce Group. Raffle items and in-kind donations were given by: Ain’t Life Cool, Below the Radar, Church Street Wine Shoppe, Terramé, the Ledges, Rolo’s, Belezza Salon and Spa, TopSpin Tennis, Prince, Tellinis, Inspire Salon, and Panera Bread.

Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. It costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need.

Money raised from Walk to Defeat ALS events across the country enables the national ALS Association to be aggressive in battling ALS on a variety of fronts. It has committed more than $99 million to find effective treatments and a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The global research effort has helped increase the number of scientists working on ALS, advanced new discoveries and treatments, and has shed light on the complex genetic and environmental factors involved in ALS. Recent findings show real promise and hope. Through advocacy, education and awareness, we are waging a relentless battle against ALS. Our advocacy efforts have been instrumental in securing more support for ALS patients and increased government funding for ALS research. Information on upcoming events and activities can be found at our website:

2016 ACA Racquetball Fall Classic

The Alabama Racquetball Association would like to congratulate all of our winners at the 2016 ACA Fall Classic!


Men’s Open – Maurice Miller

Men’s Elite – Robert Johnson III

Men’s A – Bud Crockett

Men’s B – Sergio Clemente

Men’s C – Brendan Lomago

Men’s D/Novice – Edgar Huerta


Men’s 55+ – Pete Smith

Men’s 60+ – Bob Frazier

Men’s 65+ – J.C. Mann


Men’s Open Doubles – Craig Herr & Destry Everhart

Men’s Elite Doubles – Billy Cannon & Bud Crockett

Men’s A Doubles – Andre Maurice & Robert Johnson III

Men’s B Doubles – Gary Humphrey & James Brickhouse

Men’s C Doubles – James Brickhouse & Robert Strider

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