For Caroline Johnson, the annual Lobbin’ for Literacy tennis tournament will always be special as the event, which benefits the Troup County CLCP summer reading program, was her first experience in a competitive tournament.
As an 8 year old, Caroline began with individual lessons and while she would compete against other students, her first real match came in the inaugural Lobbin’ tournament.
“Not only do I have fond memories of that first tournament,” Johnson said. “But I continue to play each year because it is for such a good cause.”
Now 16, Caroline is an accomplished tennis player for the LaGrange High School Grangers. A rising junior, Caroline has played No. 1 singles both as a freshman and sophomore, and she credits the tournament with preparing her for the competition she faces.
“The great thing about Lobbin’ is it is a low pressure tournament where you can compete against players of the same skill level,” she said. “You can be as competitive as you like and get good experience without so much on the line.”