The Tyler tennis community will come together at Hollytree Country Club on September 10- 12 for the 26th Annual Tyler Junior College (TJC) Hollytree Collegiate Benefit Tennis Tournament and Pro Am. This fun tennis tournament fundraiser offers doubles and mixed doubles as well as pro am divisions for players of all levels, giving players the opportunity to sign up without a partner and be matched with a current or former TJC player. More than 200 players are expected to compete in this year’s event.
All proceeds from the tournament will benefit TJC to provide scholarships for the tennis program, help with travel and uniform expenses, and support the nationally ranked members of the men’s and women’s tennis program.
As a longtime member and past chairman of the Hollytree Collegiate Benefit committee, Mark R. Hembree, D.C., plays a vital role in securing tournament sponsors and raising funds that make the event an annual success. According to Dr. Hembree, the tennis tournament, over the years, has raised more than $275,000 for TJC tennis and was instrumental in building the exceptional tennis facility at the college.
Dr. Hembree also serves as chairman of the TJC Tennis Tech Advisory Board, a professional tennis management program. He has been an active member of the Hollytree Country Club tennis program for many years and has served as board president for the country club. Dr. Hembree volunteers his time and training as the director of chiropractic services at Bethesda Health Clinic, a volunteer-operated medical clinic providing affordable, high-quality healthcare for the working uninsured of Smith County. As an active member of Green Acres Baptist Church, Dr. Hembree has traveled to China on a medical mission trip.
“My father always said, ‘to those who much has been given, much is expected.’ I have been very blessed by the Tyler community and it is a natural inclination to use my talents to give back to the community,” Dr. Hembree said.
In that spirit of “giving back,” Dr. Hembree’s office staff holds fundraisers throughout the year to benefit the United Way, People Attempting to Help (PATH), Azleway, Bethesda Health Clinic, the East Texas Crisis Center, and for 25 years, the office has participated in the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Drive.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Hembree has lived in Tyler for 28 years. He is a graduate of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and he earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Richmond, also in Virginia. Dr. Hembree received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College in Houston, Texas. He and his wife of 30 years, Anne, are the parents of two grown children, Sarah Hill, and Alex Hembree.
“Tyler is a community with a small town feel and it’s rewarding to be able to see and experience the benefits of our volunteer efforts,” Dr. Hembree said.