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Ted McGraw

CavsCare Symposium to address local homelessness

A sign hanging in Eugene Mitchell's home reads, "Let your failures motivate you to become more diligent and to achieve victory." For Mitchell, a former homeless drug addict, the fact that he has a wall to hang a sign is just as motivating as the powerful message. "About six years [ago] I got involved in crack cocaine and it took me out," Mitchell said. The struggle with addiction led Mitchell down a path of hunger and homelessness, which ended when he decided to become part of the solution instead of the problem. "You need to realize that feeling sorry for yourself don't do no good," he said.

Former pro tennis player teaches local students

Although it has been more than a decade since Renee Blount, a former University assistant women's tennis coach, last graced the grass courts of Wimbledon, tennis is still very much a part of her life. After a rewarding career on the Women's Professional Tennis Tour, Blount has settled down just 20 minutes east of Grounds in Fluvanna County. Without the stress of maintaining a top-100 ranking in the world, which Blount held throughout her 11-year career, she now focuses on teaching the game she loves.

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