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Bulls/Sox Academy can help with Thanksgiving hangover

Updated: December 19, 2012 12:16PM



Ready or not, the holidays are here — or at least the planning for them is.

And whether someone’s outlook for 2013 is filled with optimism or caution, calendars are being filled at a fast pace for events, including numerous local recreational opportunities.

Young athletes can shake off turkey’s tryptophan-induced sleepiness with the Bulls/White Sox Academy’s Thanksgiving Combo Camp on the weekend of Nov. 23 and 24.

The dual-sport camp hosted at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness (221 U.S. 41, Schererville) will focus on age- and ability-appropriate skills with instruction for boys backed by Chicago’s professional basketball and baseball teams. Half of each day will be spent on honing baseball skills while the other half will be devoted to working the basketball game.

Omni’s combo camp is open to boys ages 5 to 12 and will run on the two days from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $190 per athlete.

One-sport kids will also have the opportunity to shine over Turkey Day weekend with a Chicago Bulls Basketball Camp or a Chicago White Sox baseball or softball camp offered separately in Schererville.

The Sox Thanksgiving Baseball Camp is designed to make sure each athlete is ready for next season through a variety of offensive and defensive skills training. This two-day camp is open to boys ages 7 to 14. It will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $105 per athlete.

The Sox Thanksgiving Fastpitch Softball Camp will focus on teaching hitting, fielding, base running and much more. This two-day camp is open to girls ages 7 to 14. It will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $105 per athlete.

The Bulls Thanksgiving Basketball Camp will consist of shooting, ball handling and defensive drills to get players ready for the upcoming season. This two-day camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14. It will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $105 per athlete.

For more information, call 630-324-8221, or visit BullsSoxAcademy.com.

Crown Point wrestling to host youth camp: Crown Point wrestling will offer the Bulldog Wrestling Youth Christmas Camp for students from kindergarten to fifth grade on six December evenings to focus on developing and enhancing the fundamental skills of wrestling.

The camp is set for 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 4, 6, 11, 12, 18 and 20 in the Crown Point High School wrestling room. Youths are asked to bring their completed information form (available at the CPHS athletic office or online at cps.k12.in.us) and wear athletic shorts, a T-shirt and shoes on the first date.

The fee for the camp is $40 per athlete and include a screen-printed T-shirt and complimentary admission to the CP dual versus Lake Central on Dec. 13. For more information, e-mail coach Jake Rodriguez at jrodriguez@cps.k12.in.us.

Sign-ups available for Boys & Girls co-ed basketball league: Children can have fun staying active this winter by playing basketball in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-South Haven Club league. The co-ed program, open to boys and girls ages 5 to 13, focuses on skill development, sportsmanship and enjoyment.

Registration is held at the South Haven Club (723 Long Run Road, Valparaiso) on Tuesdays to Fridays through Dec. 15. Spaces are limited.

All players must be club members; membership fees are $35 per child. League fees start at $25. Financial assistance is available for membership and league fees for those who qualify. All players receive a team t-shirt.

For more information about the league or becoming a volunteer coach, call Ron Ranta or Bryan Krieg at 759-2565, or visit bgcpoco.org.

Andrean to host baseball camp: In conjunction with the U.S. Baseball Academy, Andrean High School will host a six-week baseball camp starting Jan. 20.

59ers baseball coach Dave Pishkur will direct the classes, which will be available for players in grades 1 to 12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions will be offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running.

Fees start as low as $99 for six weeks. Registration is underway and space is limited. For more information, call 866-622-4487, or visit USBaseballAcademy.com.



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