Charity & Grassroots in Athens

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US Elite Training was established to create a clear pathway of athletic development, to positively impact performance while providing an avenue for the underprivileged athlete to be discovered. US Elite Training Vision is two-fold: to provide year-round, non-sport specific, strength and conditioning training programs.

6246 Dayton Blvd
Hixson,
TN
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What is now the Elise Chapin Wildlife Sanctuary was once the Walker family farm, where highly respected naturalist and Chattanooga Audubon Society founder Robert Sparks Walker was born in 1878. Walker formed the Chattanooga Audubon Society in 1944, with a vision of educating citizens on the importance of protecting the environment and respecting nature the way the area's Native Americans had for thousands of years.

Today, the society is the steward of three sanctuaries: Elise Chapin Sanctuary at Audubon Acres, Maclellan Sanctuary on Audubon Island, and David Gray Sanctuary on Audubon Mountain. Each offers a unique look into the history, wildlife, and natural splendor of the area as well as educational programs that help children and adults discover the area.

900 N Sanctuary Rd.
Chattanooga,
TN
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Red Towers Entertainment hosts events suitable for all adventure enthusiasts. In fact, events actually breathes new life into the community, since its proceeds go straight local charities.

PO Box 21913
Chattanooga,
TN
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Dalton boasts the state of Georgia's fifth largest downtown district, and that's no accident. The Downtown Dalton Development Authority strives to fill the city center with an eclectic array of businesses, from tanning salons to coffee shops. The team also draws crowds to the thriving area with special events, such as beer festivals, farmers' markets, and outdoor movie screenings, which is how people watched movies before the invention of theaters.

305 Depot Street
Dalton,
GA
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YMCA of East Tennessee holds fast to its three-fold mission: to encourage healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. Each of their five locations brims with cardio and weight equipment, as well as digital ActivTrax kiosks, which print out customized workout plans based on each guests' information. Instructors lead group fitness classes for adults and stacks of trench-coat-clad babies disguised as adults, offering sessions that range from kickboxing to water aerobics. In addition to specialized sessions for seniors, they also lead sports programs for kids, such as swimming, basketball, and karate, as well as host a youth-based leader's club.

The folks at YMCA of East Tennessee offer memberships to military families and host programs for kids who have dropped out of school or who have been suspended. Their scholarship program helps families send their kids to the YMCA's fun, safe, character-developing programs no matter their financial circumstances.

12133 S Northshore Dr
Knoxville,
TN
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For more than 75 years, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has swaddled hearts and ears with classical masterworks, a tradition continued as it closes out the 2010–2011 symphony season with "Rachmaninoff Paganini Rhapsody". The skilled string strummers and woodwind whistlers will play the masterpiece comprised of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Stravinsky's suite from The Firebird. Conductor Lucas Richman leads the tuxedoed musicians, accompanied by acclaimed pianist Joel Fan, whose musical resumé boasts performances at the New York Philharmonic, the No. 3 slot on Billboard's Classical Chart for his debut album World Keys, and key-shaped fingers.

100 S Gay St
Knoxville,
TN
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