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Former Waccamaw coach Brown set for annual Ashley G. Ride

Former Waccamaw tennis James Brown (center), with David and Melaine Grimes, talk after completing the Ashley G. Ride in 2012.
Former Waccamaw tennis James Brown (center), with David and Melaine Grimes, talk after completing the Ashley G. Ride in 2012. cslate@thesunnews.com

Former Waccamaw tennis coach James Brown is going to have some company for the first time during his annual Ashley G. Ride.

Brown, who has trekked cross-country and nearly the length of the East Coast in previous rides to honor and raise money in the memory of Ashley Gaines, will start his fourth biking fundraiser in Surfside Beach on Wednesday. He’ll make a two-day ride to Barnwell, where he will then meet up with four others for a three-day return trip. Joining Brown will be Craig Ridgeway and Vicki Levy – like Brown, 1978 graduates of Socastee High School – daughter Sydney, a North Myrtle Beach guidance counselor, and friend Becky Carreiro, a teacher from Toronto.

They will ride from Barnwell to Jacksonboro on Friday (65 miles), Jacksonboro to Awendaw on Saturday (65 miles) and then Awedaw back to Brown’s home in Surfside Beach on Sunday to cover the final 76 miles.

In total, Brown will hit 412 miles.

Gaines, who played for Brown at Waccamaw from 2004-2006, died in June 2008 from Diffuse Large B Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The foundation to help raise funds for those with the disease and their families was established shortly after. The first three rides garnered approximately $60,000.

Brown left his spot as the Warriors coach in 2013 after leading the boys and girls tennis teams to eight combined state Class AA championships and nine individual titles. He is currently coaching multiple sports at a pair of schools in New York and New Jersey.

For more information on his current ride, information for his welcoming party on Sunday or to donate, visit the organization’s Web site at www.ashleygfoundation.com.

Contact IAN GUERIN at ian@ianguerin.com.

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