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• They may not break world records when it comes to running or swimming, but these athletes all have a gift. For some it’s a new kidney, for others it’s a new heart or pancreas. Whatever the gift, it’s one that has earned them the right to participate in the largest sports event in the world for people with life-saving organ transplants: the National Kidney Foundation’s 2006 U.S. Transplant Games. Locally, nine transplant recipients, one living donor and 10 donor family members will participate in this Olympic-style event as members and supporters of Team East Tennessee. The Games will be held June 16 -21 in Louisville, Ky. Wesley Rogers, a rising freshman at Farragut High School in Knoxville, will compete in swimming, bowling, and long jump. His biggest fan is his father, Randy Rogers. Randy donated one of his kidneys to his son, allowing Wesley to lead a healthy, active life. They will celebrate that special bond by spending Father’s Day at the Games. Team East Tennessee is one of 50 teams from across the country that will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in 13 sports. Team East Tennessee members include men, women and children ranging in age from 14 to 70. About 2,000 transplant recipients are expected to attend the Games, which are held every two years. Comedian George Lopez will compete in the golf competition. His wife, Ann, will speak at the Living Donor Recognition event. Ann donated her kidney to her husband. NBA Basketball star Sean Elliott will also attend the Transplant Games. Elliott competed in pro basketball after receiving a kidney from his brother. Elliott will award medals and give fellow transplant athletes pointers in a basketball clinic. “I’m not the only transplant recipient to compete in sports. What’s important is that people can see that transplantation works and begin to consider becoming organ donors.” Says Elliott. More than 92,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant. The U.S. Transplant Games demonstrate the success of organ donation and transplantation, honor those who have given the gift of life.

• The Bearden Bulldog Baseball Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 19-22, at Phil Garner Field at BHS for ages 10 to upcoming freshman for the 2006-07 school year. Cost is $60 per player, $100 for two siblings. The camp will be directed by BHS head coach Matt Buckner and assistant coach Buddy Wilker. To pre-register, call coach Buckner at 865-368-3141 to reserve your spot. There are a limited number of spots available. Participants must provide copy of insurance card and must bring bat and glove.

• CBFO football sign-ups will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 17, at the CBFO football practice facility, 11609 Northshore Drive.

• The Maryville College Fighting Scots football team will sponsor the Fighting Scots Kick-off Golf Tournament Saturday, July 22, at Royal Oaks Golf Course in Maryville. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by a 1 p.m. lunch. A shotgun start will begin at 2 p.m. A social in the clubhouse will follow the tournament. Cost is $65 and will cover lunch, greens fees, carts, and prizes. Registration deadline is Thursday, July 20. Call the football office at 865-981-8282 to register or for more information.

• CBFO Volleyball Fall Season registration is going on now. Forms may be picked up at Pak Mail in Farragut (Farragut Towne Square) and returned to the same location. Registrations will also be in the schools by the beginning of the 2006-07 school year. Registration deadline is Sept. 1. Girls volleyball is now available for third- through 12th- grade. Boys volleyball is now available for sixth- through ninth-grade. Practice gyms are Farragut Middle School, Hardin Valley Elementary and Knoxville Christian School. Games are held Saturday and Sunday at FMS and KCS. Any questions may be directed to email cbfovolleyball@charter.net

• CBFO Volleyball tournament runner-up teams included the following: 3rd/4th Division team coached by Teresa Davenport. Players are Cassidy Vanderveen, Elizabeth Grimm, Elizabeth Hendra, Lauen Sapp, Natalie Hartman, Rebecca Davenport, Rebecca Neufeind, Sarah Lorick and Stevie Turski; 5th-grade Division team coached by Joe Fiore. Players are Jamie Wilkerson, Katie Abbott, Lauren Beck, Lia Fiore, Paula Savage, Rachel Sapp, Stephanie Bidiman and Madeline Fox; B division 6th-/7th-/8th-grade team, coached by Jennifer Brazelton. Players are Bailee Young, Elizabeth Brazelton, Hannah Armendarez, Jenny Windle, Kelsey Preskenis, Makena Lowery, Payton Walker, Saira Shakir and Taylor Miller; A Division 6th-/7th-/8th-grade team, coached by Matt Rittenhouse. Players are Chelsea Cole, Elizabeth Cady, Hannah Miller, Kathryn Coffey, Kemia Amin, Mallory Bonee, Meghan Glintenkamp, Mia Swails, Riley Miller and Victoria Valades.

 

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