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Harrison Invitational Raises Funds For Wounded Warriors

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Harrisons, Bryans, Sweeting, Lipsky© Bill JonesATP World Tour pros, including the Bryan brothers, participated in the first Ryan Harrison Invitational.

Ryan Harrison and fellow Americans Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Ryan Sweeting, Scott Lipsky and Christian Harrison came together in Shreveport, Louisiana, to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project in the first Ryan Harrison Invitational. The Wounded Warrior Project aims to support injured service members.

“I could not be happier with the way things went this first year of the Ryan Harrison Invitational,” said the 20-year-old Harrison. “I am so grateful for what our troops do to preserve our freedom and rights here in the United States and around the world and I am glad that we could all come together to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. They sacrifice so much for us.”

Several hundred people turned out for the charity event, which featured a gala, kids clinic and exhibition. The gala on Saturday night, which included dinner, dancing, a meet and greet, as well as a singing performance by Ryan’s younger brother Christian, raised approximately $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

On Sunday, players interacted with local youth during a kids clinic and autograph session prior to taking the court at Centenary College for exhibition matches featuring Harrison against Sweeting, Lipsky & Sweeting against the Bryans, and the Harrison brothers against the Bryans. The activities, emceed by Wayne Bryan, also featured on-court appearances by General Charles C. Campbell and former baseball pro Scott Garrelts.

“I am also proud to be from Shreveport and the community here really embraced this event and made it a lot of fun,” said Harrison. “The turnout was great and I look forward to returning to Shreveport many more years in the future.” 

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