Weekend events at Imagination Glen BMX track
PORTAGE | Imagination Glen BMX will hold events Friday and Saturday. The free Olympic Day Open House will begin at 4 p.m. Friday. Races will start at 6:30. On Saturday, Race for Life will begin at 5 p.m. with registration. Fees are $20 (Class or Cruiser) or $5 (Open or Strider). In case of inclement weather, festivities may be moved to Steel Wheels BMX, 709 N. Hobart Road in Hobart. For details, go to www.steelwheelsbmx.com.
Viking Football Camp in July
VALPARAISO | The Viking Football Camp for students in grades six and seven who plan to play football next season is set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 8 to 11. Registration will end Friday. Cost is $40. Forms are available all Valparaiso middle schools. They are to be mailed to Dave Coyle, Head Football Coach, Valparaiso High School, 2727 N. Campbell, Valparaiso, IN 46385.
5 Tool Athlete offers camps in July
VALPARAISO | 5 Tool Athlete of Valparaiso is accepting registration for its middle school and Pop Warner football strength/conditioning and speed and agility camps in July. Team reservations are available. For details, email email@example.com, or call (219) 246-8024.
Nativity Festival 5K run/walk July 7
PORTAGE | Nativity of Our Savior's Festival 5K run/walk will take place July 7. A mile kids run is also part of the event. The kids run will start at 6:30 p.m. The 5K events will be at 7. Race-day registration will run from 5 to 6:30. Cost is $20 (with T-shirt) or $15 (without T-shirt) by Saturday, $22 after. The kids run fees are $10 (with shirt) or $5 (without T-shirt) by Saturday, $13 after. Calumet Region Striders preregistered discount fees of $2 (5K) and $1 (kids run) are available. For details, contact Nicollete Huber (406-6705, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brian Huber (406-6850, email@example.com), or go to www.thtiming.com.
Frankenmuth Valpo Weekend set for July 19-20
The 16th annual Frankenmuth Valpo Weekend will take place July 19 and 20 as alumni and friends have a chance to reconnect with one another as well as meet Crusaders coaches during the event in Frankenmuth, Mich. The cost of the golf package is $175. Registration deadline is Saturday. For details, go to www.valpo.edu/alumni/events/frankenmuth13.php, or call (800) 833-6792, ext. 23.
Grand Prix of Tennis in Northwest Indiana
MERRILLVILLE | The Northwest Indiana Grand Prix of Tennis will consist of five junior and adult tournaments this summer and fall. Divisions include boys 18, 16, 14, 12 singles; girls 18, 16, 14, 12 singles; men's singles; men's 45 singles; women's singles; boys doubles; girls doubles; men's doubles; women's doubles, and mixed doubles. Tourney dates are the State Games of Indiana on Saturday and Sunday at Andrean High School, the Highland Open on July 20 and 21 at Highland High School, the Northwest Indiana Summer Grand Prix on Aug. 17 and 18 at a site to be determined, the Whiting Open on Sept. 21 and 22 at Piatek Tennis Courts and the Grand Prix Finals on Oct. 12 and 13 at a site do be determined.
At each tourney, five points will be awarded for every match won, 20 points for winning a final, 10 points for losing a final and five points for losing a semifinal. The top eight point winners in each division will qualify for the Grand Prix Finals.
Entry fee for each tourney is $10 per singles and doubles team, plus one unopened container of tennis balls. Containers will be sold on-site for $5 per can. Registration deadline is the Wednesday before each tourney. To register, go to www.tennis219.com.
VHS wrestling room raffle Monday
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso High School wrestling room raffle fundraiser will take place at 9 a.m. Monday. The prize is a trip for four to Walt Disney World. Raffle tickets are $20. A portion of the proceeds goes to helping build a wrestling room at Valparaiso. For details, call (219) 916-4446, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portage YMCA soccer sign-ups underway
PORTAGE | Registration for the Portage YMCA's outdoor soccer program for children aged 3 to 14 will run through July 5. Cost is $28.70 for primary plus members, $41 for primary members and $82 for non-members. The program will run from July 15 through Aug. 31 at Real Life Community Church. For details, call (219) 762-9622, or email email@example.com.
Gymnastics classes offered at VHS
VALPARAISO | Summer gymnastics classes will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. July 9 through 25 (Tuesday and Thursdays, cost $45) at Valparaiso High School. Children aged 5 and older are welcome. Call (219) 464-8018 to enroll.
Boone Grove needs cheerleading coach
PORTER TOWNSHIP | Boone Grove High School is in need of a qualified varsity cheerleading coach. To apply for the position, complete an application at www.ptsc.k12.in.us, or email athletic director Kerrie Schludecker at Kerrie.Schludecker@ptsc.k12.in.us.
Soccer in Sand Tournament July 20
MICHIGAN CITY | The Soccer in the Sand Tournament will take place July 20 at Washington Park Beach. Cost is $275 per team. The registration deadline is July 6. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.soccerinthesand.com.
VU volleyball team to host summer camps
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University women's volleyball team will host two summer camps. The annual summer camp will run July 8 to 11 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The camp is open to children in grades three to 12. Cost is $420 for overnight campers, $335 for commuters.
The program will also be part of a combination volleyball/soccer camp from Aug. 5 to 7. The camp is open for children in grades kindergarten through eight. The cost is $100 for both sports, $75 for volleyball only. For details, call (219) 464-5323; email Carin.Avery@valpo.edu, or go to www.valpovolleyballcap.com.
Purdue Calumet hoops camp July 8-11
HAMMOND | Purdue Calumet women's basketball coach Tom Megyesi will hold a Fundamental Camp for girls in grades three to eight from 9 a.m. to noon July 8 to 11. Cost is $40. For details, contact Megyesi at (219) 989-2309 or email@example.com.
VHS soccer camp starts July 15
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso High School Soccer Camp will run from 5 to 7 p.m. July 15 through 18. Children in grades one through eight are eligible. Cost is $60. The registration deadline is July 12. For details, call Danny Jeftich at (219) 242-3770.
Portage Jr. Miss tournament July 12-14
PORTAGE | Portage Jr. Miss Softball's invite all-star tournament will run July 12 to 14. Cost is $350. For details, go to www.eteamz.com/portagejuniormiss.
Run with the Big Dogs 5K July 13
CHESTERTON | The Run with the Big Dogs 5K and Dog Stroll 1 mile walk will take place at 7 a.m. July 13. The races will begin at the Duneland Resale Shop, 801 Broadway. Cost is $20 for 5K and $10 for the walk by July 1, $5 extra for late registration. Dogs may accompany entrants on the course. The event is in conjunction with Bark in the Park. For details, call (219) 873-6296, or go to www.dunebig.com.
Valpo Tri takes place July 13
VALPARAISO | The 11th annual Valpo Triathlon will take place at 8 a.m. July 13 at Rogers-Lakewood Park. The event includes a 1.4-mile swim, 12.4-mile bike ride and 3.2-mile run. Athletes must be at least 15 by Dec. 31, 2013, to be eligible. Pre-registration will end July 9. The cost is $60 for USA Triathlon members, $72 for non-members. For details, call (219) 462-4185, or go to www.valpotri.net.
Indiana Elite Gymnastics offers clinic
WHEELER | Indiana Elite Gymnastics, 679 W. Ind. 130, will offer back handspring clinics from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13 and Aug. 10. Cost is $30. For details, call (219) 764-1019, or email IEG_ASA@aol.com.
VU softball program offers camps
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University's softball program is offering summer camps. A grade school camp will run July 15 to 17. Cost is $225 (all sessions) or $115 (morning sessions only). A camp for those in kindergarten through second grade will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22 through 24. For details, go to www.ValpoSoftballClinics.com.
Finn Passing Academy at Andrean
MERRILLVILLE | The fourth annual Finn Passing Academy, conducted by former Andrean quarterbacks Billy, Bobby and Tommy Finn, will be held July 15 to 17 at Andrean High School. The academy, open to students entering grades five to nine in August, will run daily from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to wear shorts or sweats, a T-shirt and football shoes. They should also bring a mouthpiece, water bottle and tennis shoes in case the weather forces a move indoors. Scheduled guest speakers include Andrean coach Phil Mason, Lake Central coach Brett St. Germain and Portage coach Wally McCormack. Cost is $120. To register, go to www.finnpassingacademy.com.
Redhawks Basketball Camp July 15-18
GARY | Indiana Northwest and the Office of Athletics will host their fourth annual Redhawks Summer Basketball Camp for boys and girls aged 6 to 13. The camp will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 15 through 18 at the IU Northwest Savannah Center Gymnasium. Registration is $50, $45 for each additional child from the same family. The camp will be led by Redhawks men's coach Ryan Shelton. For details, call (219) 981-4279 or (219) 980-6944, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
M.C. to hold boys hoops camp
MICHIGAN CITY | The Michigan City High School boys basketball team and coaching staff will host a camp for boys entering grades three to seven from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 22 through 25 in the main gym. Cost is $50, which includes skills training, T-shirt, photo and snacks. For details, go to www.michigancitywolvesbasketball.com.
Valparaiso University boys camp slated
VALPARAISO | The Valpo Basketball Academy for players aged 8 to 14 will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 29 through Aug. 2. The cost is $295. For details, call Sherry Williams at (219) 464-5254, or go to www.valpobasketballcamps.com.
Jason Hawkins Basketball Camp at Noll
HAMMOND | Former Valparaiso University player and current IUN Northwest head men's basketball coach Jason Hawkins will hold a basketball camp for boys and girls aged 5 to 14 from 9 a.m. to noon July 29 through Aug. 1 at Bishop Noll Institute. Cost is $75. For details, call (219) 781-9522, or email email@example.com.
Hammond Optimist Youth Sports hosting World Series
HAMMOND | Hammond Optimist Youth Sports will host the 2013 Cal Ripken 12U World Series from Aug. 9 to 16 at the HOYS Complex, located at Columbia Avenue and River Drive. The HOYS Bulldogs as well as the Northern Indiana champions will be two of the 10 teams participating in the series. Those interested in sponsoring and/or volunteering for the event should contact Tim Bell at (219) 484-0568 or Doyle Godbolt at (219) 512-4543, or email hoysports.baberuthonline.com. For details, go to www.12uworldserieshammond.org.
City by the Lake Triathlon/Duathlon Aug. 9-10
MICHIGAN CITY | The fifth annual City By the Lake Triathlon and inaugural duathlon will take place Aug. 9 and 10. The kids events will take place at 5:30 p..m. Aug. 9, while the adult events start at 8 a.m. Aug. 10. For details, go to www.citybythelaketri.com.
Jim East giving basketball shooting lessons
MERRILLVILLE | Former Merrillville boys basketball coach and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member Jim East is giving one-hour individual basketball shooting lessons for boys and girls in grades four to 12 during June and July. Openings are available in the morning and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. For cost and registration, call (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.