COURT TIME – Haines City has kicked off its youth tennis programs, with instruction for those in grades kindergarten through grade five on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and classes for those in grades six through 12 on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 6 p.m. There is mixed league play on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and men's league action on Wednesday night's starting at 5:30 p.m. Classes are under the tutelage of USTPA Elite Professional John McCardle. For more information on fees and times, contact the tennis shop at 863-419-3447.

WEEK TWO – Now that we're off and running, here's a look at week two games on the local gridiron. All Friday night games unless otherwise noted start at 7:30 p.m. in Polk County. The matchups include: Auburndale at Lakeland Christian, Winter Haven at home against Sebastian River, Boca Raton at Ridge Community, Okeechobee at Lake Wales, Lake Region at Fort Meade, and Frostproof home vs. Haines City.

FIRST-TIME FOOTBALLERS – For wee ones looking to be exposed to the game of football, Bartow is offering its My First Sports Football program for children ages 3 to 7. The program builds confidence by teaching the basic motor skills necessary to play football while spending quality time with their parents, without the threat of getting hurt or threat of competition. Classes start Sept. 4 and meet for six weeks. Those ages 3 and 4 meet from 5:30 to 6:20 and ages 5, 6 and 7 gather from 6:30 to 7:20. For more information, contact Bartow Park and Rec at 863-534-0120.

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