The 25th Annual FIRECRACKER 5K is set for Thursday, July 4, at Highlands Hammock State Park with a 7:30 a.m. start. The yearly celebration of America’s birthday draws hundreds decked out in Red, White and Blue running gear. Early entry fee is $20 thru June 27 and after $25 thru race day.

Checks should be made payable to: Central Florida Striders and mailed to Chet Brojek, 3310 Par Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Those needing an application may email the coach at: and he will get one out to you right away. You may register on-line at:

We urge the local running community to kick off their holiday weekend with one of the area’s favorite celebrations. There will be great shirts, awards, ice cold watermelon and fun for all.

Lake Placid Football Camp

The Lake Placid Green Dragons are hosting a football skills camp. The camp runs Monday June 10 through Friday June 14 for ages 4 to 14. It is $40 per person and goes from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day.

The skills camp will be held behind Lake Placid High School on the football practice field. To RSVP or for more information please contact Coach Sarah at 863-441-4187.

River Greens Golf Classic

The 3rd annual River Greens Golf Classic sponsored by Bill Jarrett Ford and Heartland National Bank will be held June 28-30 at River Greens Golf Club. Practice round on June 28, the first round is June 29, final round on June 30. Entry fee is $115 per person for this individual stroke-play tournament. Breakfast and lunch served both days. Great prizes and individual flights. Limited to first 100 players. For more information, contact the pro shop at 863-453-5210.

Highlands Hurricanes swim practices

SEBRING — The Highlands Hurricanes Swim Team’s summer swim practice sessions are at the Highlands County Family YMCA pool. Practices are Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Anyone looking to train and refine their swimming technique is welcome. All returning Hurricane swim team members must pre-register before beginning practice. For more information, call Marvin Wolfe at 863-382-9272 or email

Weekly youth tennis camps

SEBRING — The Highlands County Tennis Association is holding weekly camp sessions. The camps are for ages 6 to 18 at the Thakkar Tennis Center at the Country Club of Sebring. First-time players are welcome.

The week-long camps run through Aug. 2. The cost is $100 per week and includes snacks and drinks. The camps will be held Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. under the guidance of USPTA Tennis Pro Horace Watkis. For more information please contact Watkis at or 863-414-2164 or 863-386-4282.

River Greens Par 3 tournament

A par 3 tournament will be held on Friday, June 21 at 8:30 a.m. Shotgun start with an individual format. All 18 holes will be set up as par 3’s. Yardages range from 35 yards to 150 yards. Prizes: 9 Closest to Pin contests and other prizes. Cost: Full Members: $15; Limited Members: $25. Nonmembers: $30. Additional $5 skins game is optional. CASH ONLY EVENT!. Price includes light lunch. Guests for lunch are $10 each. Food: Italian Subs, pasta salad, watermelon chips, tea, soda or lemonade. Call the pro shop at 863-453-5210.

Summer Sizzling 4K

SEBRING — The Central Florida Striders runners club announces the Inaugural Summer Sizzling 4K run set for June 15 at Highlands Hammock State Park. The unique 4K distance of 2.5 miles will give area runners a new distance to test their speed and performance. The race will start at 7:30 a.m.

Early entry fee is $20 which includes a custom designed tee, awards and refreshments of ice cold watermelon. You may enter on-line at: or by emailing race director Chet Brojek at: for an application. Come join the fun of our first summer run in the beautiful park.

Avon Park football camp

AVON PARK — Avon Park High School will host it’s annual football camp at Joe Franza Stadium. The camp will be held June 19, 20 and 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Campers will be taught individual and team skills that will take their game to the next level.

Camp will be coached by Avon Park High School players and varsity coaches along with Special guest coaches and speakers. The cost is $30 per camper and that includes a camp shirt and refreshments. Brochures can be picked up at their schools or at Avon Park High School. For more information please contact Head Coach Jerry Hudnell at

Youth golf camps

SEBRING — Summer junior golf camps at Sun ‘n Lake golf Club.

The camps are:

Week 1: June 17-21 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Week 2: June 24-28 8:30-noon.

Week 3: July 8-12 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Week 4: July 15-19 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $125 per child each week.

Includes breakfast, lunch, and professional instruction. Call the pro shop at 385-4830 Ext. 1.

Sertoma Junior Golf Tour

The Sertoma Junior Golf Tour is for youngsters ages 6-18 who have some skill in golf. The weekly tournaments run through August.

There is a $30 registration fee for the summer. Tournament fees are Juniors playing 6 holes- $12. Juniors playing 9 holes- $15. Juniors playing 18 holes- $20. Lunch is included in these fees. Two-day events are double the cost. Email Tour Director Andy Kesling at

South Florida volleyball camp

AVON PARK — The South Florida State College Panthers are offering a indoor volleyball camp. The camp is for boys and girls from ages 6 to 16.

The camp is offering two sessions with the first running from June 24-27 from 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m. each day. The second session is from July 29 to Aug. 1 and will include the Panthers volleyball team.

The volleyball camp will cost $90 per week or $20 per daily session. This cost includes a shirt. The application is available at

For more information or to sign up, email Coach Kim Crawford at, or call 863-784-7037 or 863-835-2377.

XCEL volleyball camps

AVON PARK — XCEL has several volleyball opportunities for boys and girls. The indoor volleyball camp is $90 per week or $20 per daily session. The camp runs June 10-13 and July 15-18 for ages 6-16.

Sand volleyball camps are $50 per week or $20 per daily session. If there is bad weather, the camp will continue inside the Panther gym. The camp runs June 3-6, June 24-27, July 8-11 and July 29 to Aug. 1 for ages 12 to 18. Be sure to bring indoor gear. For more information, call Kim Crawford at 863-825-2377 or email

SHS swim lessons

SEBRING — Sebring High School swim lesson registration begins Monday. Go to the front office at SHS between the hours of 9 a.m.-2 p.m. — Monday through Friday. The secretary will be happy to sign up participants. Cost: $58 for two weeks of lessons.

SHS summer swim hours

SEBRING — Price to swim: $2.50 per person. Anyone who comes through the gate MUST pay. Summer Passes available: $60 for first member and $30 for each additional (immediate family) member. Regular hours Begin on Monday May 27.

OPEN SWIM HOURS Sunday through Saturday (7 days a week) 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday evenings 6:30-8 p.m. 4 sets of Swim Lessons- mornings and evenings 9-9:50 am, 10-10:50 am, and 5:15-6:15 pm.

COST: $58.00 per person per session. Session 1 — June 3- June 14. Session 2 — June 17- June 28. Session 3 — July 1- July 12 (July 4th no lessons). Session 4 — July 15- July 26. 1 lesson is $58. Two lessons is $116. three lessons is $174. Four lessons is $232. CHECKS are made out to “Sebring High School.” Credit cards can be used.

Tennis lessons for youngsters

SEBRING — Less Work, More Play Tennis is a program designed to help kids of all ages learn the sport of tennis in a fun environment. It introduces families to the United States Tennis Association, where they learn how kids can compete all over the state of Florida and the United States.

Certified Coach Tosin, ranked second in the state in doubles and in the Top 50 in men’s singles, will provide all the tools and fundamentals so that each child can use the application of L.A.W. (Learn, Apply, Win!).

Classes are held at Golf Hammock Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. For more information, call Tosin at 863-510-7315.


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