RailCats to host youth clinic
By Anthony D. Alonzo Post-Tribune correspondent August 14, 2013 11:30PM
After-school program participants (left to right) Brianna Paulsen, Vincent Conti, Dylan Carter, Kyle Cleveringa, Loneloe Owenf, Tyler Wolfe and child care staffer Robert Turnbow review basketball plays at the Griffith Family YMCA on Wednesday, Aug.14. The youths were adjusting to their first day of the new academic year at the town's elementary schools.
Updated: September 17, 2013 8:01AM
The RailCats club is opening the doors of U.S. Steel Yard from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday for its youth baseball camp.
The clinic will feature RailCats players and coaches working with more than 150 Gary-area campers to help develop baseball and softball skills. A ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by U.S. Steel’s Al Spajer at 11:45 a.m.
For more information, call Aaron Pineda or Kevin Spudic at 882-2255.
Imagination Glen to hold annual BMX race: Imagination Glen BMX Park, home to the 2013 state BMX finals, is set to host its annual race to support the Warnicke Scholarship on Saturday. Race directors at the outdoor venue (2190 State Road 149, Portage) look to welcome a large field of riders for the event that starts immediately after the 5 to 6:30 p.m. registration period.
Fees for racing are $20 for class or cruiser, or $5 for open/strider riders. Participants will receive double points for this race. USA BMX memberships are required to race this event.
The Warnicke Scholarship Race was created to help fund the Bob Warnicke Memorial Scholarship Fund, which assists students and their families in meeting the costs of undergraduate college education, trade school, etc.
According to Steel Wheels BMX director Jackie Altizer, Warnicke died on Nov. 16, 1994 at 48 years old and was well known for his leadership role and for his many efforts in promoting the sport. He is be remembered for his instrumental role in bringing BMX to millions of viewers through the airing of the “Road to Glory Series” on ESPN2 and ESPN.
The state championship qualifier will run at Imagination Glen on Sunday with registration open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The double-points race will follow immediately.
For more information, call 406-9833, e-mail email@example.com, or visit steelwheelsbmx.com.
Popcorn Panic makes changes: Runners and walkers are the first to get Valparaiso’s Popcorn Fest popping when they participate in the festival’s traditional kickoff, the Popcorn Panic races.
Event coordinators recently announced changes for the 34th edition of the 5K run and walk, which start at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 7. The new starting line for Panic will be at Central Park Plaza. The area will also be the location for the finish line, food concourse and an awards tent.
Valpo Parks, the 5K sponsor, will accept early registrations for $25 through Thursday; sign-ups through race day will cost $10 more and there will be no guarantee for the availability of specific race shirt sizes.
Online registration is available at runsignup.com. For more information, call the Valpo Parks department at 462-5144.
Courts of NWI to showcase new venues: The Courts of Northwest Indiana (127 E. U.S. Hwy. 6, Valparaiso) will roll out special demonstrations, clinics and entertainment at its open house from 2 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 25.
Looking to promote one of the state’s top sports venues, Courts officials hope area athletes come out to judge for themselves by checking out their state-of-the-art facilities and participating in their innovative programs. Games, raffles, refreshments, and bounce houses will be available.
Instructors will showcase the venue’s new tennis dome with free demonstrations. The gymnastics-cheer-preschool academy will offer complimentary use of new gym equipment for youths 2 to 17 years old. On the hardwood, youth shooting clinics and a free-throw contest start at 2 p.m.
A 3-on-3 basketball tourney (with a $40 entry fee) will be offered for athletes from fourth grade to adult.
Those who sign up for Courts programs at the open house will receive a 10 percent discount.
For more information, call 465-1111, or visit thecourtsofnwi.com.