The Aiken Spring Swing Tennis Tournament is swinging into action to help raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Aiken.

This is the first time the tournament has been held and is a unique event for Aiken, said the club's Chief Professional Officer Shawn Risher, who also is an avid tennis player.

“I know a bunch of tennis players in the community, so we're hoping that it's something new and different,” Risher said.

The tournament will include teams of four or six players with one men's doubles, one women's doubles and one mixed doubles match per round.

The Boys & Girls Club provides children a safe place with a constructive environment to go to after school. The club offers a variety of services and programs that help children develop into their greatest potential, and are geared toward instilling characteristics of leadership.

Risher said the tennis tournament will be a fun way to support the nonprofit.

“If you're a tennis player, even a novice, you can come out and have a good time and help a good cause,” Risher said.

The tournament is being hosted by Woodside Plantation, located off Silver Bluff Road.

The tournament will be held from Friday to Sunday with a kickoff dinner on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Woodside's main clubhouse.

The registration deadline is Tuesday. The cost is $50 per player, $200 per four-player team or $300 per six-player team.

The fees include entry, a tote bag, player dinner, a serving radar and on-court coaching.

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• Amy Banton is the city beat reporter and has been with the Aiken Standard since May 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va., and a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman's College.