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Valparaiso to host ninth annual Fit City Challenge

Updated: December 2, 2013 12:26PM



Mark it down: Monday, Valparaiso city officials don’t want even a slim chance of area residents missing out on a fitness initiative that can save participants big money.

From Monday to Dec. 28, seven Valparaiso businesses will take part in the Fit City Challenge. For $10, everyone from couch potatoes to fitness fanatics can take part in exercise programs and make use of the facilities at the following city locations: Boys & Girls Clubs Valparaiso unit, eStudio Z Fitness, Fuel Fitness, Integrated Movement, Region Crossfit, Top Fuel Crossfit, and Valparaiso Family YMCA.

The city is celebrating the ninth year since the get-fit effort swung into action in 2005.

“The Fit City Challenge is a part of our Fit City initiative, which was created to help our community to maximize health and wellness,” said Valparaiso mayor Jon Costas, who introduced Fit City in 2005. “We’re excited that these fitness facilities are offering great discounts to introduce themselves.”

All offerings are open to individuals ages 5 or older. For more information or to sign up for a membership card, visit the Valparaiso Parks Department office at 3210 Campbell St., or call the office at 462-5144.

Future Stars to conduct basketball lessons: Basketball lessons and leagues for young players are right around the corner at The Fieldhouse-Merrillville (899 East 99th Court.)

Future Stars is an instructional basketball league built especially for kids from first through third grade. The boys and girls will meet at the Merrillville venue on consecutive Sunday afternoons from Sunday through Dec. 15.

Fieldhouse-Merrillville coordinators are also rolling out a program for preschoolers through second graders called Little Dribblers, which is a basketball basics camp.

Starting Monday through Dec. 16, preschoolers and kindergarteners will train with the Little Dribblers from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sessions for first and second graders will run on those dates from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.

The fee for each program is $90.

For adult hoops enthusiasts, the Fieldhouse announced a new offering: an adult and college fall basketball league.

The nine-game Sunday evening league kicks off Sunday and runs through Dec. 22. Games feature a 20-minute running clock with stoppage only in the last 2 minutes.

Fees for the adult and college league are $495 per team or $125 per individual registration. Referee services are included.

For more information, call 738-2424, or visit thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.

Andrean High School to hold baseball camp: In conjunction with the U.S. Baseball Academy, Andrean will host a six-week baseball camp starting Jan. 19.

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.

Registration is underway and space is limited. For more information, call 866-622-4487, or visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com.



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