Latest Posts

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)

IMG_5211-min IMG_5221-min IMG_5233-min IMG_5238 copy-min IMG_5247-min IMG_5249-min IMG_5265-min IMG_5289-min IMG_5292-min IMG_5294-min IMG_5298-min IMG_5306-min IMG_5314-min IMG_5324-min IMG_5332-min IMG_5336-min IMG_5374-min

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!

Capture Capture2 Capture3 Capture4

EJRJ Elliott FullSizeRender (002) FullSizeRender (004)

‘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 AL.com

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

Alee ClaytonAlee Clayton. (Submitted) 

 

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:

MIXED

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

 

MEN’S

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

 

WOMEN’S

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

 

IMG_8050 IMG_8048 IMG_8046 IMG_8044 IMG_8042 IMG_8041 IMG_8040 IMG_3350 IMG_8029 IMG_8030 IMG_8036 IMG_8037

 

Magnificent turnout for the 2016 ALS Mixed Doubles Tournament!

ALS Tennis_Parsons

[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: www.ALSAlabama.org

http://webal.alsa.org/site/TR/Walks/Alabama?px=7355663&pg=personal&fr_id=12081#.WCnUay0rJhE

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

A-finals-crocket-vs-thompson-with-billy-refereeing B-finals-2 Destry-and-Maurice-Open John Harmeyer Leon-stringing spectatorsSundayMorning2 xx

The Club welcomes Felicia McCarty as their new licensed Esthetician!

Felicia McCarty/ Master Esthetician

“Embracing skin change daily”

 

Felicia has been a licensed Esthetician for over four years and is excited to be a part of the Athletic Club Alabama team!  She studied at the European school of Esthetics under Heidi Phillips and is currently studying to become an Instructor of Esthetics.  Prior to joining Athletic Club Alabama, she worked as a medical esthetician where she gained experience and knowledge in various aspects of skin.

 

Felicia prides herself in customizing facials for her clients so that they receive maximum benefits.  Her goal is to help each client achieve and maintain healthy skin while also reaching their personal skin care goals.  Felicia continuously educates herself on the latest techniques and developments in the skin care industry so that she can stay informed and provide her clients the best options and services. It is a joy for her to see her clients more confident in their appearance.

 

She has extensive experience performing micro-dermabrasion, epidermal leveling (dermaplaning), chemical peels, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, waxing, individual eyelash extension, and therapeutic facials.  She is committed to providing excellent service and using quality products.

 

Felicia is excited to provide you exceptional service! To schedule your next appointment, please contact Felicia at changingdaily@athleticclubalabama.com .

 

2016 Club Championship Winners!

Congratulations to this year’s Club Championship winners! We would like to thank all our members for their participation – this was our biggest turnout yet and we’re already looking forward to how we can make next year’s event even better.  And the winners are:

Mixed A Doubles – Angie Allen/Greg Mason

Mixed B Doubles – Karen Norton/Ron Chesser

Mixed C Doubles – Anne Nolan/Robert McCamy

Men’s A Singles – Vince Rettke

Men’s B Singles – Zac Brown

Men’s C Singles – James Bukenya

Men’s A Doubles – Craig Herr/Pat Curry

Men’s B Doubles – Scott Davis/Scott Schnorrenberg

Men’s C Doubles – Brian Lee/Joey Fiore

Men’s Legends Doubles – Grady Todd/Booker Rankin

Women’s A Singles – Karen Norton

Women’s B Singles – Karen Norton

Women’s C Singles – Gina Van Leeuwen

Women’s Legends Singles – Caffey Litkenhous

Women’s A Doubles – Angie Allen/Jennifer Williams

Women’s B Doubles – Molly McCrory/Ashley Fiore

Women’s C Doubles – Melinda Anderson/Julie Jackson

Women’s Legends Doubles – Brenda Parr/Caffey Litkenhous

Meet our new massage therapist, Daryel Pruitt!

Please join us as we welcome Daryel Pruitt to the Club. Daryel is from Berrien Springs Michigan and moved to Huntsville in 2008. He has practiced massage therapy since 2010 after graduating from Virginia College and has worked in both spa environments, and the medical field.  Practicing massage from a holistic perspective, he also specializes in neuromuscular therapy (N.M.T.).  Daryel is eager to assist clients with their pain management, as well as treatments that coincide with fitness training, recovery from injury, or relaxation to decrease stress.

Daryel is available by appointment only and may be reached at daryel@athleticclubalabama.com

D  Pruitt Headshot