Kidney Foundation benefit scheduled

The 5th annual VOLS for Kidneys Golf Classic benefiting the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation is set to tee off on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville. The tournament benefits local dialysis patients and will feature former athletes from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, otherwise known as Vols for Life (VFLs), who will be stationed throughout the course to interact and take pictures with registered participants.

“This is a great event for golfers and UT fans,” ETKF Executive Director Katie Martin said. “We welcome and encourage participation by those whose lives have been touched by kidney disease, who are interested in meeting VFLs or who simply want to enjoy a day outdoors for a great cause.”

To register, visit, call 865-288- 7351 or email The cost is $1,000 per team of four, $250 for individuals and $200 for hole sponsorships. Early registration is recommended, as the tournament typically fills quickly. Registration opens at 10 a.m., lunch begins at 11 a.m., pictures with VFLs start at 11:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Registered golfers will receive a tournament gift and other items from tournament sponsors, catered lunch by Cherokee Country Club, snacks and beverages during and after the tournament. Awards include top 3 teams, closest to the pin and longest drive.

The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation (ETKF) helps local kidney patients in 15 East Tennessee counties with costs for transportation to and from dialysis treatments, free dental work for patients whose last barrier to placement on the kidney transplant waiting list is dental clearance, and provides nutritional supplements and blankets to make dialysis treatments more comfortable for patients. It also provides patient and caregiver education; facilitates prevention, detection and awareness of kidney disease; and promotes organ donation.

The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation VOLS for Kidneys Golf Classic is sponsored by Averitt Express and DaVita Dialysis. Individuals or community service groups interested in volunteering may contact Martin at 865-288-7351 or