Winning games is not the only tradition of University of Tennessee athletic coaches.
So is helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
Lady Vols head basketball coach Holly Warlick will be the keynote speaker May 7 for the 12th annual “Kids First” dinner and auction that raises money for the Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District
“Hoops for Hope” is the theme for this year’s event.
Warlick follows in the footsteps of previous big names in UT athletics that the Child Advocacy Center has called on to keynote the event: Pat Summitt, Bruce Pearl, Phillip Fulmer and David Cutcliffe.
CAC was formed in 2002 to provide a comprehensive approach to support child abuse victims ages 3 to 17 in Loudon, Meigs, Morgan and Roane counties.
CAC services, all of which are free, include therapy for children who have been abused, a program that provides abuse prevention and safety information to schoolchildren, and a program that teaches adults to be alert for signs that a child is being abused.
All money raised from the $100 per plate dinner goes to support those programs, not for administrative expenses, according to CAC.
The “Kids First” event will be at Rothchild Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. An auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 7 p.m. Reservations should be received no later than April 30.
Tables for groups of 10 may also be reserved.
Make checks payable to Child Advocacy Center, P.O. Box 928, Lenoir City, TN 37771. Payment may be made by credit card, which requires a 3 percent fee.
For more information, contact Denise Dubrule at 865-986-1505, or visit http://www.kidsfirsttn.org.