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• Knoxville Christian School Benefit Golf Tournament will be a four-man scramble format with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 24, at Avalon Landmark Golf Club in Lenoir City. Costs include a round of golf, one bucket of range balls, cart and a BBQ Buffet lunch at the clubhouse. Range balls available beginning at 7 a.m. Deadline entry is April 16. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more info, Kelly Gibson, 865-966-7060.

• Tennessee Senior Olympics’ East District games (ages 50 and up) runs April 23–28, in Gatlinburg. Individuals will compete within five-year age groups, starting at age 50. Participants who are 49 years old are eligible to participate in the district and state games as long as they turn 50 before the end of 2010. Events include track and field events, basketball 3-on-3 tournament, 5K, swimming, bowling, shuffleboard, horseshoes, table tennis, basketball free throw, 3 point and hot shot and golf. All participants advance to the state competition July 23-29, 2010, in Williamson County. For more information or an application, call Susan Backus at 865-453-5441, e-mail at sbackus@seviervilletn.org, or visit Web site: www.tnseniorolympics.com.

• Bearden High School Foundation’s 8th Annual Bulldog Classic at Willow Creek Golf Course begins with a four-person scramble, after a noon lunch, at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 6. Honorary host is Bert Bertelkamp, former Tennessee Vols basketball guard and current Vol Network game analyst. To register a team, or to be an individual or corporate sponsor, contact Robin Gold: rgold@knology.net or 865-470-9892

• Don Steffen Charity Golf Tournament to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” begins with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start (scramble format) at Landmark at Avalon Golf Course, Saturday, May 1. Registration set to begin at 11:30 and food will be served following the event. To pre-register, or to become a sponsor, call 865-986-4653. 

• Harvey Broome Group, Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, announces upcoming outings: April 3, Wildflower dayhike, Porters Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Register with Linda Smithyman: lsmithymanhbg@yahoo.com or 865-335-3559. April 10, River Rescue (registration info same as above); April 17-18, backpack on New River Segment of Cumberland Trail; register with Warren Devine by calling 865-483-7894 or wdevine@bellsouth.net.

• Shayla Jackson, Belmont Abbey College junior forward and former Webb School of Knoxville standout, has been named to the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas second-team. Jackson, who led her team in scoring, finished the season averaging 14.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. She was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week Feb. 16 and surpassed 1,000 career points.

• The 17th Annual Herman Gettelfinger Bass Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 3, on Fort Loudoun Lake. Event will begin at Tellico Canal Ramp. Ease off is at safe light. Proceeds benefit the Helen Ross McNabb Center and are 100 percent tax-deductible. Grand prize is $10,000 based on 150 paid boats. Registration fee includes lunch.  Pre-event registration to be held from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 2, at Dick’s Sporting Goods (221 N. Peters Road, Knoxville). For more info, contact Nicole Randall at 865-329-9030 or Nicole.randall@mcnabb.org

• An intercultural soccer clinic for children with refugee status living in Knox County, the second annual “Knox Kicks” clinic, will be held April 24 at The University of Tennessee. Gently used soccer equipment, including cleats (ages 6-14) and shin guards, needed. Donations can be dropped off at The Soccer Post 7838 Kingston Pike Southwest Knoxville, TN 37919. For more info, contact Taylor Rotella at trotella@utk.edu or 865-804-0508.

• Town of Farragut is accepting registrations for spring sand volleyball leagues (April 12-May 27) at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 301 Watt Road, to include a Competitive Coed League, Recreational Coed League and Intermediate Coed League. Registration forms available at the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, on the Town’s Web site at www.townoffarragut.org, or by contacting Jay Smelser, athletic and park coordinator, at jay.smelser@townoffarragut.org or 865-966-7057.

• “Throwback Night” for Farragut baseball is Thursday, April 29, at FHS’s John Heatherly Field as the Ads host Oak Ridge at 7:30 p.m. Bearden versus Karns begins the festivities at 5 p.m. Teams wear old-style uniforms. Free admission. Food sold at greatly reduced prices. Proceeds go to National Parkinson Foundation.

• Introduction to Scuba Diving, offered through Pellissippi State at Ski/Scuba Center off Sutherland Avenue. Saturday-Sunday sessions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: April 10-11 and May 15-16. For more info: 865-539-7167 or www.pstcc.edu/bcs

• The American Diabetes Association’s Knoxville Tour de Cure, Saturday June 5, is a one-day cycling event geared to all cyclists. Routes include a 12-mile family ride for the novice riders and children plus 25-mile, 62-mile and 100-mile ride through scenic backroads. The ride will start at H.T. Hackney Co in Lenoir City, as each route will loop back to the start/finish line where riders can recharge with a meal, massage, music and kids’ activities. Route fully supported with rest stops, SAG vehicles, bike mechanics, EMTs and a full time ambulance. For more info: Ben Bass at 865-524-7868 (extension 3342) or bbass@diabetes.org Additionally, if you have diabetes or want to support someone who does, consider joining the Red Rider Team. You or your team can register at www.diabetes.org/tour.

• Knoxville Track & Field Club has set up a Post Collegiate Scholarship Fund for local athletes striving for a high competitive level. Ten scholarships will be given per year for $500 each. Deadlines for application is Sept. 1. Scholarships will be announced April 1 and Oct. 1. Athletes may only apply for scholarships once per year. To receive a scholarship, athletes must be a U.S. citizen and a Knoxville resident. Applications will be judged on merit based on an essay and application. All athletes receiving scholarship funding will be required to volunteer for at least one Knoxville Track Club event. To receive an application, visit KTC Web site at www.ktc.org. For more info: contact Kristy Altman, managing director, at 865-805-2008 or via e-mail at kaltmanruns@gmail.com.

 

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