UWA Men’s Tennis Team aims to break Guinness record for longest doubles marathon to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

UWA Men’s Tennis Team aims to break Guinness record for longest doubles marathon
to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 

The University of West Alabama’s Tennis team will attempt to break the world record for the longest tennis doubles marathon on November 15th to help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The current record is 56 hours, 37 minutes, and 13 seconds. The team is looking to raise $1,000,000 for Cystic Fibrosis in a short amount of time, and four members of the UWA team will participate in the event. The team’s cause will be UWA student Libby Hankins, who has Cystic Fibrosis:

Libby Hankins:
My name is Libby Hankins. While I was born with CF; I was not diagnosed until I was two years old. I was fortunate that my family made my health a priority, but at the same time, they made sure I lived as normal life as possible. There were always pils, IVs, Chest PT, surgeries and hospitalizations, but there were always friends, school, laughter and love. My mom used to tell me that I had to work through the things I hated to get the things I loved. I LOVE being at UWA, and nothing has been more rewarding to me than cheering for the tigers. Working around treatments can be overwhelming at times, but I know how precious life is, as I've seen how quickly it can be taken away. Since my freshman year at UWA, five girls whom I grew up with have passed away from CF. These girls were the strongest, most determined and deserving people I will ever know and I still think about them with every breath I take.

The world record attempt will take place starting from 7am on Friday November 15 at the University of West Alabama’s Tennis Complex.

For more information, please contact Adam Drysdale on drysdalea@uwa.edu or Tennis Coach Glen Fanelli on (205) 609 7393.

Donations can be sent by mail to: Dasha Popova, University of West Alabama, PO Box 4319, Livingston, AL 35470. Alternatively, donations can be made via paypal: email heyitsdasha@yahoo.com, Subject: UWA Tennis GWR

Donations can also be made directly to any member of the UWA tennis team.  Any donations or types of sponsorship will be greatly appreciated.  

To help support the event, please visit the event Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/uwatennisworldrecord1

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation:
Cystic Fibrosis is one of the most common life threatening diseases worldwide. It affects the lungs and breathing and disrupts the normal function of the epithelial cells causing those with the disease to become sick. More than 30,000 young adults and children suffer from CF in the USA so please help us fight against CF by sponsoring the UWA tennis team.
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