Local youth column: Run4Fun keeps kids active this summer

— Can I beat my 8-year-old once around the track? That's the question many parents will find themselves asking at the Summer Run4Fun events put on by local Kiwanis clubs over the next eight weeks.

Regardless the answer to the above question, the point of the Run4Fun is health and, of course fun, which was had by all at the opening week of the event on Monday at Naples High School and Tuesday at Golden Gate High School. The event is free for all.

"It was awesome that we ran lots of races, said Dane Joel, 5, a student at Lely Elementary. "I can't wait to come back."

The Naples High event began 35 years ago and is run by the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Naples. Kids of all ages, as well as their parents, participate in races ranging from the 50-yard dash to the mile and in field events like the long jump, shot put and discus.

"It's not about winning," said Carlton Case of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Naples, who has helped organize the program since 1989. "It's about having fun, getting interested in running, and parents spending time with their children."

The Kiwanis Club of Golden Gate and the Safe and Healthy Children's Coalition of Collier County thought the program was such a good idea that they partnered and started it at GGHS this year.

"Parents find that they have got to keep kids active in the summer rather than sitting on the couch, gaining weight, watching TV or playing video games," said Dr. Todd Vetters, a pediatrician with NCH Healthcare System and chairman of the Children's Coalition.

The Collier County Sheriff's Department also brings a 30-foot climbing rock wall, while the Parks and Recreation Department hosts a Zumba class.

After each race, kids are given their time, which they are asked to remember. Over the summer, they are encouraged to see if they can improve on their times or participate fully in the longer races.

The Safe and Healthy Children's Coalition has been sponsoring a similar health-conscious program in Mike Davis and Golden Gate elementary schools called "95210 Let's Go."

"The 9 stands for nine hours of sleep every day," said SHCC executive director Paula DiGrigoli. "The 5 is to eat five fruits or vegetables, watch only two hours of TV, exercise at least one hour and drink zero sugary beverages.

"We're here because of the huge childhood obesity rates our youth face."

Naples' Bill Eskridge, who attended the Golden Gate Run4Fun on Tuesday, was happy to have his family in one place at one time.

"It's so hard to have all three kids in one spot during the summer," said Eskridge, who brought his children, 10-year-old Chloe, Bailey, 8, and William, 5. "It's a nice thing the kids can do together."

Chicago Fire Juniors: With more than 1,600 girls nationwide participating in the Chicago Fire Juniors programs, the Major League Soccer club recognized a need to provide a pathway for success for the female players that make up 35 percent of all its participants.

This month, the Fire will launch the first female Elite Player ID Program at Lake Forest Academy in Chicago to identify the top talent in the Juniors programs. Coaching staffs from each of the nine Fire Juniors clubs, including the Florida Fire Juniors, will elect the top three players in every age group U-13 to U-17 to participate in the camp.

For info, contact the Florida Fire Juniors at 888-955-Fire or email info@floridafirejuniors.com.

Golden Gate American wins district: Brothers Amadeus and Adonis Concepcion combined to allow just two runs and three hits as Golden Gate American defeated Greater Naples 7-2 in the District 27 title game June 3 at Fleischmann Park.

CALENDAR

ATHLETICS

Sports Club Center open gym: Pre-K through 8th grade. Choose from a variety of activities on trampoline, spring floor, tumble track and largest foam pits in Southwest Florida as well as other fun activities at the Sports CLUB Center. Fridays, 7 to 10 p.m. Contact: Kevin Lehman at 570-417-1121 or 239-566-CLUB.

Youth strength and conditioning class: Put on by Magic Benton and 24/7 Sports. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $30. Contact: Brian Dodd 277-0700, brian247sports@yahoo.com.

BASEBALL

Collier Knights: 12U team. Summer tryouts to be announced. Play to start in fall. Contact: John Landi 289-6297

Fort Myers Miracle Camp: Ages 9 through 12. June 25 to 27. Open to the first 100 players. The cost is $115 per child. 9 a.m. to noon. Contact: 768-4210 or visit www.miraclebaseball.com.

Juan Romero Camp: Four camps — June 18 to 22, June 25 to 29, July 23 to 27, and July 30 to Aug. 3. Cost is $175 per week or $600 for all four sessions if registered by June 18 with full payment. To sign-up, visit JuanRomeroBaseball.com to print and mail the registration. Contact: 732-9664.

Florida Prowlers/Team Easton: Seeking 10U players interested in travel baseball for the fall season. Tryouts will be mid-June in Bonita Springs. Season starts in August. Contact: Randy at 293-3081.

Golden Gate Hammerheads: 11U travel team seeking players for fall, ages 10 to 11. Contact: Walter Rascher, 340-5025.

Naples Cyclones: 11U travel team. Contact: Coach Jon Ayres 398-1769, jonayresbaseball.com, Coach Mos 986-9118.

Southwest Florida Red Hawks: 13U travel team seeking players. Contact: 682-3299.

SWFL Hawks: 13U travel team seeking experienced players. Contact: Lou Marsala, 784-5965.

BASKETBALL

Celtic Evening Clinic: Girls and boys from 7-13 years old. June 25 to 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. St. John Neumann High School. Led by varsity girls basketball coach Shannon McFee. Limited to the first 60 participants. Cost is $75 per child; 2 for $120; 3 for $165; 4+ for $200. Contact Shannon or Michele McFee at mcfee6@embarqmail.com for a registration form or call 455-3352 or 404-8585.

Scott Stewart Camp: Boys and girls. Four remaining sessions. Weeks 2 and 3, July 9 to 13, and July 16 to 20. 9 a.m. to noon Cost is $120 for one week, $200 for both. North Collier Regional Park. Week 4, Elite Camp, ages 10 to 12. July 23 to 27, 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $200. First Baptist Academy. Week 5, Elite Camp, ages 13 to 15. July 30 to Aug. 3. 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $200. First Baptist Academy. Contact: Scott Stewart 269-7473, scottstewart11@yahoo.com.

Don Stewart Camp: Boys and girls. Weeks 2 and 3, June 18 to 22 and June 25 to 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at North Naples Community Park. Contact: Don Stewart, 417-3662.

Mitch Woods Basketball Skills Camp: June 18 to 22. Community School of Naples Cost is $150. 8 to 11:30 a.m. Afternoon, 12:30-4 p.m. Register at www.excellenceinbasketbal.net. Contact: Mitch Woods 825-2899 or email mwoods4883@aol.com.

Naples Youth Basketball Camp: Weekly camps through Aug. 10. New Hope Ministries. Half day 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $99 per week. Full day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $149. Monthly rates available. Contact: l Bill Clark 239-330-4947 or register online at www.playnybl.com.

K6 Sports Future Stars Basketball Camp: For boys and girls entering grades 2 through 8. June 25 to 29. Community School of Naples. Morning session 7:30 a.m. to noon. Afternoon session, noon to 5:30 p.m. All Day session 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Limited to 135 players. Contact: Bill Carufe 290-3430 or carufewi@comcast.net, www.sportsclubnaples.org.

FGCU Girls Basketball Camp: Overnighter $345, Commuter $295. Alico Arena. June 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; June 26, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; June 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register at FGCUAthletics.com.

Gulf Coast Rebels: Boys travel team seeking skilled fourth-graders. Contact: Greg Urbancic 262-0270 or gulfcoastrebels@gmail.com.

Naples Magic: Looking for seventh grade experienced travel players. Contact: Mark Chlebek 272-1451 or Sam Foggin 407-376-0502.

CHEERLEADING

Adrenaline Naples: Girls and boys from beginner to advanced. Ages 3 to 18. Contact: 261-6221.

CROSS COUNTRY/RUNNING

Kiwanis Club of Downtown Naples Summer Run for Fun: Every Monday evening through July at Naples High School athletic field. Free. Registration and activities begin at 5:30 p.m., and running will start at 6:15 p.m. Children who participate five of the eight weeks will receive a trophy and a T-shirt. Contact: Mimi Watson, 564-2411.

Kiwanis Club of Golden Gate and Safe and Healthy Children's Coalition Summer Run4Fun: Golden Gate Athletic Field. Every Tuesday evening through July. Free. Registration and activities begin at 5:30 p.m. and running will start at 6:15 p.m. Children who participate five of the eight weeks will receive a trophy and a T-shirt. Contact: Paula DiGrigoli 552-7788.

FGCU Camp: June 25 to 29. Cost: Resident campers, $400; Commuters, $275. (Groups of four or more receive $75 off tuition). Contact: Caleb Baker, 590-7097.

DIVING

Summer Springboard Diving: Sun & Fun Lagoon. Beginner/Intermediate: Mon. and Thurs., 9: to 10 a.m.; Advanced: Mon., Tues. and Thurs., 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $12/session or prepay $100 for 10 sessions. Call 239-252-4074 to register. Privates also available at $30/hr. Instructor, Nancy Geiman (25-plus yrs. experience). Contact: Nancy Geiman, 572-4739.

FOOTBALL

Football University: Will be holding tryouts for incoming 6th, 7th and 8th grade FBU Youth National Championship teams on June 26. 4 to 8 p.m. Community School of Naples. Please wear shorts and cleats. FBU will provide shirt. Cost is $35. Players will represent SW Florida teams that will compete in a 64 team bracket style national tournament that will begin play Thanksgiving weekend. For more information and to register for this event go to www.footballuniversity.org/fbunc

Sports CLUB K6 Future Stars Football Camp: Boys, grades 2-8. July 16 to 20. 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. $75. Affordable camp that will mix skill, conditioning, and scrimmage. Designed to prepare pop warner and flag football players for the fall season. Contact: Leo Rowe 645-0055, or carufewi@comcast.net, www.sportsclubnaples.org

Bill Kramer/City of Naples Camp: Boys, grades 1 to 8. June 18 to 22. 8:30 a.m. to noon Naples High School. Cost is $135 for one week, $240 for two weeks. Registration at Fleischmann Park. Contact: 213-3020.

Naples Football League: Next signup June 23. Golden Gate Community Center. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This full-contact, non-traveling is for 3rd through 8th graders. Never more than 3 days a week involvement and only one weigh-in prior to games starting. Contact: naplesnfl.org.

1-on-1 instruction: Skill position players ages 6-18. Individual lessons and instruction. Visit skillpositionpride.com. Contact: Mike Wexler 273-2693, mwexler@skillpositionpride.com.

Marco Island Optimist football and cheerleading: Open registration. Boys and girls. Ages 7 to 14. Contact: hometeamonline.com/mioptimist or call Coach Webb 394-0494.

GYMNASTICS

Sports CLUB Gymnastics: Classes for 3 years and up. Monday to Saturday. Adult open gyms Monday to Thursday 7-8:30 p.m. $10. Friday Night Open Gym: K through 8th grade 7-8:30 p.m. $10 or 7-10 p.m. $20. Includes pizza. Contact: Kevin 570-417-1121 or Sports CLUB 566-CLUB.

Naples Progressive: Extended Open Gym, Friday, 6 to 10 p.m., $20, includes pizza and drink. Every Friday Open Gym 6 to 7 p.m., $10; 6 to 9 p.m., $15; 7 to 9 p.m.,$10. Summer camp information is available. Classes are in session. We start taking the children at 2 years old. Contact: 455-3700, naplesgymnastics.wordpress.com.

LACROSSE

City of Naples Summer Camp: Girls ages 10 to 13. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through July 12. Fleischmann Park Football Field. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Players must have their own mouthpiece. $50. Register at the Fleischmann Park Community Center. Contact: 213-3020.

ROLLER HOCKEY

Roller hockey: Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 4 to 8. Contact: 566-2367.

Pro elite hockey skating and skills clinic: Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m. Ages 7 to 12. $120 for six weeks. Contact: Coach Joe 431-7090, www.proelitehockey.com.

SAILING

Naples Community Sailing Center: Instruction for youths and adults. Contact: CC Cramer 403-7193, ncscnaples@gmail.com or visit naplessailingcenter.com.

SOFTBALL

Mizuno Edge: Ages 10 to 14. Seeking coaches. Contact: Joe Sutherland, 561-436-1443.

Tropic Wave Fast Pitch (12 and under): Looking for a couple of players. Practices held at St. John Neumann High School. Contact. Andrea Peterson 239-269-4280, TropicWaveFastPitch@yahoo.com.

SOCCER

Robby Gemert Camp: Two sessions: July 9 to 13, Junior elite girls 11-14; July 16 to 20, pre-college boys and girls. Contact: Robby Gemert 564-0237 or dutchsoccermasteracademy.com.

SWIMMING

Swim Florida: Golden Gate Aquatic Facility. Year round swim program for ages 5 and older. Summer league through Aug. 15. Cost is $200 for summer, includes USA Swimming registration. Contact: Daryl Sullivan 455-6122 or swimdmcp@aol.com.

Neal Studd FGCU camp: Ages 7 and up. June 18 to 22, July 9 to July 13 at the FGCU Aquatic Center. Half day (8 to 11:30 a.m.) $200; full day (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) $375; overnight $525. Contact: Justin Glover, 239-590-1327jglover@fgcu.edu.

VOLLEYBALL

South Florida Riptide: Fielding girls travel teams ages 10U-17U for USAV and AAU tournaments. Also looking for assistant coaches and junior coaches (volunteer and paid positions). Contact: riptidevolleyball@gmail.com, riptidevolleyball.net.

WRESTLING

Bear wrestling club: Sign-ups Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m. at Palmetto Ridge High School. Ages 5 to 18. Practices Tuesday and Thursday. $100. Contact: Josh McIntosh 938-6316, Dave Parmenter 353-0265.

Naples Sharks: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. Gulf Coast High School. $100 (no charge for first practice). Contact: Dominic Del Debbio 816-520-7617, giolexi@yahoo.com.

Naples Titans: At Golden Gate High School. Tuesday and Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. $100 (no charge for first practice). Contact: Dominic Del Debbio (816) 520-7617 or giolexi@yahoo.com.

Wildcat wrestling club: Practices 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Estero High School. Ages first grade through high school. Free. Contact: Matt Brock 851-7630, matthewjbr@leeschools.net.

To have an activity listed, mail it to Naples Daily News, Kids Calendar, 1100 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL, 34110. You can fax info to 263-4816 or email sports@naplesnews.com. Email preferred by 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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