Local youth column: Collier Knights baseball team wearing pink jerseys for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Collier Knights baseball team is wearing its pink jerseys the entire month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Contributed photo

Contributed photo

The Collier Knights baseball team is wearing its pink jerseys the entire month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Contributed photo

To get a $50 reduction on its entrance fee for a tournament in Cape Coral on Oct. 21 and 22, the Collier Knights decided the players would wear pink jerseys in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The tournament offered all participating teams the discount since proceeds from the event will go to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

The Knights, however, chose to wear their pink jerseys the entire month of October.

"The choice was to show our support for the women and mothers who believe in us and help make this team what it is," Knights head coach John Landi said. "Without mothers, no kids are playing travel baseball. A lot of people think it has to do with the fathers. Believe me, it's the moms working behind the scenes who make teams go."

Besides being a travel team, the 13U Knights also play in the local Cal Ripken League. In June 2013, the Knights will travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to play in a Ripken Experience national tournament.

To raise funds for the trip, the Knights are holding a spaghetti dinner night on Nov. 3 at Fred's Diner on Immokalee Road.

Dinners will be served at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. The cost is $15 per adult and $10 for children 4 to 10 years old. Kids under four eat free.

The Knights are comprised of Tate Knapke, Cameron Calkins, Joel Cosme, Chad Crowley, Trevor Davenport, Matthew Franchino, Joseph Goldblatt, Max Landi, Jeremy Long, Holden Patterson, Reid Romero, and Mitchell Stemen.

Assisting Landi with the coaching duties are Tom Franchino, Greg Davenport, and Jerry Gershon.

For more information and to purchase tickets, contact John Landi at 289-6297.

Football University to hold tryouts: Football University will be holding its final tryouts on Oct. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Eagles Lake Park, near Lely Resort, for sixth-, seventh, and eighth-grade FBU Youth National Championship football teams.

The teams will participate in a 64-team national tournament that will start play Dec. 1. All interested football players can register at the field between 1 and 2 p.m. on the day of tryouts.

The tryout will be free to all players. Players are asked to wear cleats and shorts, and FBU will provide a dry fit shirt.

For more information on the FBU Youth National Championship, visit www.footballuniversity.org/fbunc or contact Steve Quinn at 272-8995.

Florida Fire girls knotted in championship match: The U13 Florida Fire Juniors girls team were co-champions of the Florida Fire Shark Shootout at North Collier Regional Park on Oct. 6 and 7.

The Fire faced Braden River in the final and played to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation and two OT periods.

The match was to be decided on penalty kicks and after seven rounds there was still a tie and the game was ended due to inclement weather. The 13U Florida Fire players are Riley Albanos, Olivia Buschle, Meredith Dattilo, Abby Egan, Brianna Garcia, Paula Gomes, Kelsey Gray, Lilly Green, Monica Makram, Claire Noble, Morgan Parmalee, Brianna Pawlyshyn, Alyssa Pilavis, SiSi Rincon, and Lauren Traycik.

The team is coached by Chris Palumbo and Colleen Magers.

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CALENDAR

ATHLETICS

Combine 360 Youth Sports: Performance classes. Sessions are 1 hour working with a qualified Get A Grip Coach. Group sessions are kept to an eight-athlete maximum to ensure the highest quality training. All training sessions are conducted by trained professionals with formal training in sports conditioning. Cost $35 per session. Contact: Al Green 200-7411, algreentraining1@aol.com.

Kindersport: Through Oct. 27. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Community School of Naples. $95. Specially-designed youth athletic program for children ages 4-6. Children will learn skills and play games in soccer, football, volleyball and basketball over an eight-week period. This is a unique first exposure program designed to help each child develop skills and confidence from trained youth coaches. Contact: 290-3430 or www.sportsclubnaples.org.

YMCA: Register for the following fall sports at the Greater Naples YMCA: basketball, ages 3-17; T-ball, ages 3-6; soccer, ages 3-6; and volleyball, girls, ages 7-17. $30 to $50 for YMCA members; $60 to $90 for nonmembers. Register at ymcapalms.org or visit Greater Naples YMCA. Register by Sept. 22.

Sports Club Center open gym: Pre-K through 8th grade. Choose from a variety of activities on trampoline, spring floor, tumble track and the largest foam pits in Southwest Florida. Fridays, 6:30 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. $30. Contact: Brian Dodd 277-0700, brian247sports@yahoo.com.

BASEBALL

Out of the Park Baseball/Strength Training: Offering intense strength and conditioning sessions. One hour each, twice a week. Cost is $500 for 16 sessions. Contact: Rich Osete, 405-8766.

Travel team: Players needed for 13U travel ball team. Contact: Coach Rich 405-8766.

Golden Gate American: Registration for fall is open online through Sept. 17. Youth ages 4 to 16. Contact: 289-9425, GGALL.org.

Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth: T-ball (4- to 5-year-olds), $65; Rookie (6 to 7), $70; Minors (8 to 10), $85; Majors (11 to 12), $90; Babe Ruth (13 to 15), $95. Register at naplescalripken.com.

Collier Knights: 12U team. Need two players for the fall. Contact: John Landi 289-6297.

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

SWFL Youth Basketball League: Ages 5 to 17. Contact: 267-7922, swflbasketball.com.

Naples Magic: Looking for 7th-grade travel players. Contact: Mark Chlebek 272-1451 or Sam Foggin 407-376-0502.

CHEERLEADING

K6: Grades 1 through 6. Through Nov. 5. Unique opportunity for children to learn the basics of cheerleading. Practice during the week and cheer at Saturday flag football games for their school or geographically located team. $75. Contact: sportsclubnaples.org or 290-3430.

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

DIVING

Diving: Open to all middle and high school divers. Saturdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Sun & Fun Lagoon. $10/session. Contact: Nancy Geiman 572-4739.

FOOTBALL

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

Naples Football League: A full-contact, non-traveling youth league has openings in the Pee Wee and Junior divisions. Our season starts later than all others in the area so players still have time to join a 20-year-old private league that is well established. Contact: naplesnfl.org.

K6 Fall Flag Football: Grades 2 through 6. Through Nov. 3. Games on Saturdays at Gulf Coast High School. Teams are picked by school/geographic region. All teams are coached by trained youth professionals. Practices during the week. Contact: 290-3430, sportsclubnaples. org. 1-on-1 instruction: Skill position players ages 6-18. 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 gym Monday to Thursday 7 to 8:30 p.m. $10. Friday Night Open Gym — K through 8th grade, 7 to 8:30 p.m., $10; 7 to 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

Naples Lacrosse Club Fall Ball: Girls only. Naples High School. High school and middle school — Saturdays, through Dec. 8; high school, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; middle school, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Presidents Cup Team — Sundays, through Nov. 11. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Elementary school — Sundays, Sept. 30 through Dec. 9., 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Contact: www.napleslacrosseclub.com or email adiutorimd@aol.com.

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.

SOCCER

GGCC Youth Indoor Futsal League: 5 on 5, ages 8 to 14. $35. Runs through Nov. 19. Contact: Fernando Orellana 200-5333.

Florida Fire Juniors — Soccer Sparks: Ages 4 to 8; The program for boys and girls ages 4-8 starts Oct. 16 training through Dec. 14 at Vineyards Community Park and Vetersn Memorial Elementary. Thep program offers recreational players another option to sample training in a professional environment. Training sessions are 45 to 60 minutes and games are played within trainings. Registration https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=16834. Full schedule http://www.floridafirejuniors.com/rec.php. Contact: Dwight Morgan, admin@floridafirejuniors.com or (239) 272-0218

SOFTBALL

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

SWIMMING

Swim Florida: Golden Gate Aquatic Facility. Year-round program, ages 5 and older. Contact: Daryl Sullivan 455-6122 or swimdmcp@aol.com.

VOLLEYBALL

K6: Grades 3 through 8. Through Oct. 27. Progressive league with clinics and game play. Third through 5th grade JV division and 6th through 8th grade varsity division. Practices and clinics Tuesdays; games Saturdays at Barron Collier High School. All teams coached by trained youth professionals. $85. Contact: sportsclubnaples.org, 405-9191.

South Florida Riptide: Fielding girls travel teams, 10U to 17U for USAV and AAU events. Assistant and junior coaches (volunteer and paid) wanted. Contact: riptidevolleyball@gmail.com, riptidevolleyball.net.

WRESTLING

Bear wrestling club: Sign ups and Practice are Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Palmetto Ridge High School Cafeteria. Ages 5 to 18. Cost $150. Contact: David Parmenter 239-353-0265 or Josh McIntosh 239-938-6316.

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, giolexi@ yahoo.com.

Wildcat wrestling club: Practices 6 to 7:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Estero High School. 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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