Opening Day At McMillen Park's Lifetime Sports Academy (VIDEO)

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June 10, 2013 Updated Dec 10, 2013 at 7:52 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Mayor Tom Henry and Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll kicked off the 16th year of the Lifetime Sports Academy Monday at McMillen Park.

Lifetime Sports Academy Co-Chair Jerry Fox, Academy Supervisor Tom Hogan, Golf Professional Rick Hemsoth, participants and supporters of LSA joined the Mayor and Director Moll in encouraging the crowd of youth at opening day to stay active and participate in the seven week program as often as possible.

“The Lifetime Sports Academy is not just a great sports opportunity for children,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “It’s free, it’s a safe place for our children to go in the summer, and it teaches the type of leadership and team building skills that will help these children become outstanding and influential leaders in our community.”

During the LSA session (June 10 – July 26), boys and girls ages 8 – 18 will receive free group lessons in golf, tennis and swimming instruction in a supervised environment from certified coaches and highly trained professionals and volunteers. They may attend as often as they wish and stay as long as they’d like 9 am – 3 pm.

“More than 6,300 kids have been waterproofed in this program,” said Director Moll. “Each year, 20 – 30 participants move into the Competitive Swim Training Program at LSA, and then go on and compete in the City Swim Meet.”

A pavilion program provides arts, crafts and organized games. Special activities such as soccer, softball and volleyball will be organized at various times throughout the week for children not participating in group lessons. Lunch is provided daily through Fort Wayne Community School summer lunch program.

Also during the program, the Tom Jehl LSA Scholarship to the University of Saint Francis was awarded to Nicole Norton and Michael Fox. This scholarship is awarded to new students entering the University of Saint Francis that have participated in the Lifetime Sports Academy and have actively volunteered in the community. Two half-tuition scholarships are offered each year to highly qualified applicants that demonstrate a minimum of three years of participation in the Academy.

Kids are welcome to register for Lifetime Sports Academy at any time during the seven weeks of activities. Call 427-6000 or visit www.fortwayneparks.org/programs for more information.




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