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Badminton pros coming to pro-am in Whiting

Updated: August 5, 2013 6:49PM



Want to play doubles with some of the world’s best badminton players?

Badminton’s national sanctioning organization, the NBL, will present a pro-am on Friday at the Whiting Community Center (1938 Clark St.) At the event, the first eight amateurs who register will have the opportunity to be paired with professionals in the NBL Pro League in a round-robin doubles tourney.

Players who will be in the region to participate in the pro-am include Petr Koukal, a two-time Olympian and five-time Czech national champion; Sabrina Jaquet, a 2012 Olympian and 11-time Swiss national champion; Perrine Lebuhanic, a 2011 French national champion; Joachim Persson, a 2012 Czech International champion; Christian Lind Thomsen, a 2009 Icelandic International champion and Eric Pang, a three-time Dutch national champion.

Each team will play every other team in the round robin, for a total of seven games. Registration fees for the event are $100 per amateur, all of which goes to the professionals to help with their travel and training expenses.

The pro-am registration form can be downloaded from the National Badminton League web site at playNBL.com.

Also on Friday in Whiting, NBL Pro League play comes to the Chicago area for the first time when the Indiana Racquets host the Seattle Smash for a nine-game match. Play will begin at 2 p.m. and admission is free.

Portage to host Nativity Festival 5K: Portage will be home to the next Gold Cup Series race, the Nativity Festival 5K, sponsored by the Calumet Region Striders.

Ahead of Nativity of our Savior Catholic Church’s (2949 Willowcreek Road, Portage) parish festival, the 5K run and 1-mile kids run is set for Sunday. The event begins with the children’s race at 6:30 p.m., followed by the main event at 7 p.m.

On-site registration will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Race day fees are $22 for the 5K and $13 for the 1-mile run. Medals and ribbons will be available for winners and youth participants. This is a chip-timed race and results will be posted online.

For more information, visit calstrider.org or e-mail todd@thtiming.com.

Chesterton volleyball to host surf & turf event: The Chesterton High School boys volleyball club will serve up its second annual Surf & Turf Volleyfest on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.

Club, high school, college and adult players are encouraged to sign up for volleyball, music and fun. Men’s and women’s open doubles divisions will play on sand. Open and A/B divisions will play on grass. There will also be adult co-ed (three men, three women) recreational sixes.

Entry fees are $50 per doubles team, $75 per open triples team, $60 per A/B triples team, and $120 per sixes team. The event will be hosted at Chesterton’s Dogwood Park (corner of 1100 North and 23rd St.)

For more information or to register, call Craig Cromwell at 405-2247, e-mail him at craig.cromwell@valpo.edu.

Portage hoops camp: Six- to 13-year-old youths will have the opportunity to learn from Portage High School basketball players and coach Chris Seibert at a basketball skills camp that will be held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-South Haven Unit.

The Portage camp will run daily from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through July 11 at the South Haven facility (723 Long Run Road in Valparaiso.) Participants will learn the basics: dribbling, passing and shooting. Teamwork will be encouraged. A pizza party and an autograph session will close out the camp.

Fees for the skills camp are $5 per participant. Registration continues through Monday at the South Haven Unit between 11:30 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. Each participant must be a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County. BGC offers annual memberships for $35, and financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

For more information, contact Ron Ranta, unit director, at 759-2565.

Indiana Elite tryouts: Tryouts have been announced for Indiana Elite baseball and softball.

The Merrillville-based club announced a newly expanded travel ball program for all ages in both sports. Tryouts will take place between July 28 and Aug. 7.

For more information, interested players should call 545-2241, or visit train-elite.com.

Valpo Parks offers golf classes: The Valpo Parks Department has instructional opportunities for junior golfers of all skill levels. Classes are instructed by Nancy Bender, LPGA teaching professional at Creekside Golf Course and Training Center, 2355 Clifford Road in Valparaiso.

The Masters Academy, for beginners ages 12-16, will be at 2 p.m. July 8, 10, 12, and 3 p.m. July 22, 24, 26. Tuition is $90 per session or $30 per class, plus range balls. Pre-registration is required.

The Target Academy, for beginners ages 9-11 will be 3 -5 p.m. July 9 and 11; July 16 and 18; July 23 and 25. Tuition is $60 per session or $30 per class, plus range balls.

The Linkster Academy, for for beginners ages 6-8, are at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July for a price of $15 a class plus range balls.

Lil’ Tigers Academy, for youth accompanied by an adult is for ages 3-5 with the adult playing free. Price is $15 per 45-minute class at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The First Tee Sessions is appropriate for ages 7-12, with players divided into groups based on age. Tuition is $110 for the session, which runs noon to 2 p.m. July 15-19. Pre-registration is required.

Youth golf skills competition: Six different skill competitions for juniors age 12 and under take place on July 18 at Creekside. Juniors compete within their age division: 8-under; 9 and 10, and then age 11 and 12. The skills competition starts at 10 a.m. and concludes with awards and lunch. Register by July 15th. The fee and lunch is $30 per junior.

For complete details and information on all golf instruction programs, contact Nancy Bender at (219) 531-PUTT (7888).



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