Beyond the Scoreboard: Local groups use sports to raise funds, promote awareness

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Firefighters and civilians participate in the Buncombe Summit Hill Climb. (Photo credit: David Huff)

The merging of local organizations and sports has long been a natural way to raise funds and awareness for community projects.

And a pair of groups in the Woodfin/Weaverville area have events planned for Sept. 29 to accomplish just that.

The 2nd annual Buncombe Summit Hill Climb is set for the Reynolds Mountain neighborhood, with proceeds to benefit BeSafer Inc., a non-profit that purchases fire extinguishers and smoke detectors for people in need.

The 3d annual Reynolds Mountain Christian Academy Golf Classic will raise funds to help the Pre-K through 12th grade school pay for its tuition assistance program for students and families that might otherwise not be able to attend.

Last year the inaugural Hill Climb allowed BeSafer Inc. to purchase 200 smoke detectors and 120 fire extinguishers that were distributed by about 20 fire departments in Buncombe County.

The Hill Climb is a 5K event in which participants can walk or run a course that is uphill for the first half and then downhill.

It is not a timed event and the focus is on fun and fundraising.

There will be a DJ and raffle prizes, and it is a child-friendly event.

There will be a firefighter challenge course for kids and several firetrucks to explore.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. at 50 North Merrimon Ave. behind the YMCA, and the climb begins at 9:30 for a $28 fee, which includes a T-short if you register by Sept. 17. 2017 winner Connor Gahagan is back to defend his title.

For more information, contact Alison Moran at 828-974-1418 or go to

Reynolds Mountain Christian Academy began as North Asheville Christian School in 1999 and has grown from its initial plan as a pre-school and kindergarten facility.

The academy offers rigorous and individualized programs in a small classroom environment.

The school is committed to success through value-driven leadership and strong Christian witness.

The fee for the 18-hole tournament is $75 per player and $300 per foursome, and sponsorships are available for holes ($150), co-sponsors ($2,500), drink cart ($750), and practice green and scoreboard ($1,000).

To register and pay online, go to or contact Danna Young at or call 828-645-8053.

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