Contact: 919-975-1411; selma-nc.com
Young champions self-defense
Taught by a certified black belt instructor from Young Champions of America this course for ages 4-18 emphasizes child safety awareness. The focus will be on basic self-defense and karate techniques. Class meets on Thursday nights until June 12. The registration fee is $10 and there is a $7 weekly class fee. Registration is onsite starting at 5:45 p.m. for new students.
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Challenger Sports Soccer Camp
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with Challenger Sports to provide a soccer camp for ages 6 -16 from June 23-27. Camp will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Selma Middle School and the cost is $115 (includes t-shirt and soccer ball). Register online at ww.challengersports.com by May 2 and receive a free soccer jersey.
Contact: 919-934-2148; smithfield-nc.com
Group tennis lessons
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Dept. will offer group tennis lessons on Monday and Thursday nights from May 5-29 at Smithfield Community Park. Jimmy Jernigan, a coach with more than 30 years of tennis experience, will lead the camp. The cost is $40 and payable to Jimmy Jernigan. Participants must provide their own racquets.
Smithfield Basketball Camp
The 2014 Smithfield Basketball Camp for ages 7-14 will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, June 16-19 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. Smithfield-Selma High boys coach James Robinson will lead the camp staff. The cost is $65 for pre-registration or $75 the first day of camp. Checks are payable to Coach Robinson.
Smithfield Softball Camp
The Smithfield Softball Camp for ages 7-16 will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, June 23-26 at Smithfield Community Park. Former SSS coach and player Britney Smith will lead the camp staff. The fee is $60 per camper and payable to Coach Smith.
Spartans Baseball Camp
The Spartans Baseball Camp for ages 7-14 will be held from 9 a.m. until noon daily July 7-10 at Spartan Field on the campus of Smithfield-Selma High School. SSS athletic director and former baseball player Chase Crocker will lead the camp staff. The fee is $65 and payable to the SSS Dugout Club.
Smithfield Volleyball Camp
The Smithfield Volleyball Camp will be held July 7-10 for girls ages 8-14. Camp is from 9 a.m. until noon daily and the fee is $60 per camper. Former Clemson University player and SSS coach Kim Smith will lead the camp staff. Checks should be made out to Coach Smith.
Smithfield Soccer Camp
The Smithfield Soccer Camp for ages 5-14 will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. daily from July 14-17 at the Smithfield Community Park soccer fields. The fee is $50 per camper. Steve Brush, a nationally certified coach, will lead the camp staff, which also includes Princeton High coach Morgan Brush, a former college player, and Amber Brush, a current player at Barton. Payment should be made out to Steve Brush.
Aquatics, fitness programs
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of aquatics classes and fitness programs. Visit SRAConline.com or call 934-1408 for more information. Some of the fitness offerings include Cycling, Zumba, Hip Hop Hustle, Piyo, Turbo Kick, Total Body, Tai Chi, Inferno Cycle, P90X and Cycle Fusion. For more information regarding classes, please call 934-1408. All classes are roughly an hour long.
Quick Start 10U tennis
A new session of quick start tennis for ages 10 and under begins May 17 at Clayton Community Park. Classes for ages 5-7 are at 9:45 a.m. and classes for ages 8-10 are at 10:45 a.m. The class runs for six weeks and the fee is $40-55. Call the Parks Dept. to register.
Beginner tennis begins April 22 and runs for four weeks from 6:30 until 7:25 p.m. weekly for ages 11-15. The fee is $30-45. Lessons are held at Clayton Community Park. Call the Parks Dept. to register.
Intermediate tennis lessons for ages 18 and up run for four weeks beginning April 24 at Clayton Community Park. Classes are from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at Clayton Community Park. The fee is $35-55. Register with the Parks Dept.
2014 Clayton Road Race
The 2014 Clayton Road Race will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. The 3.1-mile race runs through the streets of Clayton. The registration fee is $20 before May 4 or $25 thereafter. Registrations will be taken on race day until 8:30 a.m. There will be a tenth-of-a-mile tot trot for ages 6 and under held as well. Registration for that event is $5 for person. Registration forms are available at the Clayton Parks and Recreation Dept. office, the Hocutt-Ellington Library or online.