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• Sign-ups are officially underway for Farragut Baseball, Inc.’s Spring 2008 season. Forms available at Pak Mail (11803 Kingston Pike in Farragut Towne Square Shopping Center, just down from Ingles) or go online to download a form at www.farragutbaseballinc.com. Forms are located under the “handouts” section. Completed forms should be returned to Pak Mail. Registration slots are limited so families are encouraged to register early. Once leagues are full, FB, Inc. will start a waiting list for each particular age group. Evaluations will be held in late February, practices begin in March and Opening Day for Spring 2008 season is scheduled for March 29. For more information, e-mail farragutbaseballinc@yahoo.com or visit the Web site.

• A local group of special athletes are training for a sports competition all their own —– the U.S. Transplant Games. Presented by the National Kidney Foundation, the Games are an Olympic-style competition for recipients of life-saving transplants, including kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas and bone marrow. Team East Tennessee is currently scouting for athletes, volunteers and sponsors to participate in this very special event, to be held July 11-15 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Held biennially, the Games draw transplant athletes from across the country who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in one or more of 12 sports, including cycling, golf, racquetball, swimming, tennis and track and field events. With an anticipated 2,000 athletes participating, the 2008 U.S. Transplant Games promise to be the largest-ever gathering of transplant recipients.\ More than 97,000 Americans are currently waiting for transplants of vital organs. Seventeen people die each day while waiting. In Tennessee alone, more than 2,000 are awaiting organ transplants. Athletes from East Tennessee may register for the 2008 U.S. Transplant Games by joining Team East Tennessee.  To become involved with the Team as an athlete or by planning pre-Game events and activities, call the National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee at 865-688-5481 in Knoxville; 423-267-8655 Chattanooga, or 423-323-1650 in Tri-Cities area or visit the Web site: www.kidneyetn.org.

 • YWCA Knoxville’s Annual Race Against Racism 5K Run / 1 Mile Walk begins at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan.19, at the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center in East Knoxville. Sign-in and registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. Route has been designed to run along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and other historical markers. The day includes exhibitors, entertainment, speakers, food and most importantly the inspirational message to do everything in your power to eliminate racism. YWCA Knoxville challenges businesses, organization, churches, families and individuals to take part in this race to show dedication to the cause. To register, log onto HYPERLINK “http://www.ywcaknox.com” www.ywcaknox.com or pick up registration forms at the YWCA, gyms and community centers around Knox County. Registration costs are $15 per person on a team of five or more, $12 per child under 15 years of age, $20 per individual before Jan. 9 and $25 thereafter. Sponsorships and donations are still being accepted. For more information, contact YWCA at 865-523-6126.

• Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is set for Sunday, March 30, Participants may run or walk in a 5K, relay, half marathon or full marathon. More team information team will be available at www.covenant-health.com. For more info: www.knoxvillemarathon.com.

• Cariten Kids’ Run Kick-off is at Knoxville Zoo beginning at noon, Saturday, Jan. 19. Children can be registered and complete their first mile inside the zoo. Registration is from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Zoo remains open until 4:30 p.m. Registrants and one adult receive free admission, all other friends and family get half-price admission. Registration is $15, $5 for Cariten members. There are no time constraints; registrants can enjoy the zoo after the Kick-off run.

 • Knoxville Lacrosse Spring 2008 Registration for boys fourth- through eighth-grade runs from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, in Farragut Middle School theatre. Coaches will be available to answer questions from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $175 for A/B players (includes team jersey and shorts — cost lower if uniform not needed); $85 for recreation players (includes a reversible penny). Information sheet at registration will give details about spring conditioning and practices. Check out www.KnoxvilleLacrosse.com for more information or call 865-386-8396.

• Town of Farragut Leisure Services Department announces application packets for clubs requesting field use at any Farragut park for Spring 2008 (March 8 to June 1) are available at Town Hall or on the Town’s Web site at www.townoffarragut.org. Absolute deadline for completed application packets to be returned to Town Hall is 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, (not postmarked). Town Hall is located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive directly across from Farragut Branch Post Office. For more information about Spring 2008 field use applications, contact Ben Darnell, athletic and park coordinator, at 865-966-7057 or www.townoffarragut.org.

• Harvey Broome Group of Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club announces upcoming outings, which include: Jan. 19-20, Backpack, Frozen Head State Park; Jan. 19-20, Winter Backpack, Frozen Head State Park. There are several approaches to the backcountry site at Tubb Springs. A longer approach would be chosen if weather is fair, a shorter one if it is foul. Most of hiking and camp will take place at about 3,000 foot elevation, high enough to give us a good chance for camping in snow. Trip requires good cold-weather gear -— check with leader if you are unsure about your equipment. Distance 3 to 6 miles each way, depending on route chosen. Rated moderate in mild weather, difficult in bad weather. Driving distance/time about 45 miles/1 hour, 15 minutes each way. To pre-register with Ron Shrieves, or for more information, phone 865-922-3518 or e-mail ronaldshrieves@comcast.net.

 

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