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• The University of Florida team won the first National Guard FLW College Fishing National Champion-ship on Fort Loudoun Lake Monday, April 12, after catching three bass weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces for a three-day total of 10 bass weighing 29 pounds, 10 ounces. The national championship, featuring a $100,000 first-place award, was a three-day nationally televised event hosting the top 25 teams in the nation. Texas State took second, followed by Auburn, Murray State and Texas A & M.

• East Tennessee Wanderers' 5-mile non-competitive group walk is Saturday, April 17, along Knoxville Greenway and Cherokee Boulevard in Sequoyah Hills. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the covered pavilion in Tyson Park off Kingston Pike and Highway 129. For more information, call 865-777-4713.

• The 11th annual Kenny Withers Sertoma Center Golf Challenge is Friday, May 14, at Landmark Golf Club at Avalon. Shotgun start is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Everybody who plays will receive a door prize. For more information, call 865-524-5555 extension 239.

• West Knox Lions Club’s 14th annual golf tournament begins at 1 p.m., Monday, April 26, at Centennial Golf Course off Edgemoor Road in Oak Ridge.  Early entry deadline is April 20. You may enter as a foursome or you can be placed on a team. Proceeds finance Lions charities. For more information, call Ed Snow at 865-675-2095 or Lloyd Delaney at 865-982-4759.

• Pat Summitt Golf Tournament benefiting Helen Ross McNabb Center is scheduled for shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday, May 3, at Cherokee Country Club. Awards to be given after each round for low gross team, low net team, low gross individual, low net individual, closest to the pin and longest drive. Tournament features a select drive format (one best gross ball of foursome and one best net ball of foursome). Team registration closes Friday, April 23.  For more info: Nicole Randall at 865-329-9030 or Nicole.Randall@mcnabb.org.

• 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, a bucket of range balls, cart and a BBQ Buffet lunch at the clubhouse. Range balls available beginning at 7 a.m. Deadline entry April 16. 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. Athletes age 49 are eligible if they turn 50 in 2010. Events include track and field, 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 state competition July 23-29, in Williamson County. For more information or an application: contact Susan Backus at 865-453-5441, e-mail sbackus@seviervilletn.org or Web site visit, 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 be a sponsor: 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 for 11:30 a.m. 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, upcoming outings: April 17-18, backpack on New River Segment of Cumberland Trail; register with Warren Devine by calling 865-483-7894 or wdevine@bellsouth.net

• “Throwback Night” for Farragut baseball is Thursday, April 29, at FHS’s John Heatherly Field versus 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 benefit National Parkinson Foundation.

• 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 information: 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.

• Hardin Valley Academy’s 1st HVA Athletic Gala has lined up Phillip Fulmer, former Tennessee Volunteers football head coach, as guest speaker beginning with a silent auction at 6 p.m., Friday, April 30, a Rothchild Catering & Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. Hors d’ oeuvres, drinks and dancing also included beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner. Tickets are $40 per person (Complimentary HVAAC membership for 2010-2011 included in ticket price). Purchase tickets online at www.hvaac.org or from HVA front office. Proceeds benefit Hardin Valley Academy Athletic Council.

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

• 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. Scholarship announced 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.

• 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.

 

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