Smithfield: Sports

Parks and Recreation Notes: Nov. 18


Contact: 919-934-2148;

Smithfield Swim with Santa

On Friday, Dec. 4 from 6-8 p.m. Santa will be at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center for a ‘Swim with Santa.’ Swim a little and enjoy cookies and milk. There is no charge for SRAC members, adults are $3-5.50, ages 3-17 are $2-4. (Children under the age of 5 require an adult in the pool with them.)

Grinch Stink, Stank, Stunk 5K and Jingle Bell Jog

The annual Smithfield Grinch Stink, Stank, Stunk 5K and Jingle Bell Jog will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. The races will help collect toys to benefit Harbor House and the Johnston County Department of Social Services Angel Tree Project. The registration fee is one unwrapped, new toy. There will also be prizes awarded for those who dress as Whoville characters, including dogs. Registration begins on race day at 8:30 a.m. at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. The Grinch will make an appearance about 9:30 a.m. Registration forms are available at the SRAC or online at Register by Dec. 1 and pay an extra $15 to get a long-sleeve event T-shirt.

Open play Saturday tennis

Tennis players ages of 7-16 can work on their tennis game with James Reid (Smithfield-Selma High Tennis Coach) at Smithfield Community Park Saturday mornings through the end of October from 9-11 a.m. Coach Reid will be there to assist with your game, and to run some drills. No registration is required; racquets and balls will be available to borrow.

Smithfield Tadpoles

The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center offers tadpole swimming at the Splash Park from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesdays for age 3-12. Rates are $2-3 for residents or $4 - 5.50 for non-residents. Info: Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, ext. 107.

Swim Lessons

The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center offers swim lessons for individuals with plans catered to the swimmer’s needs. The cost is $45-66 for three lessons or $85-110 for five lessons. Forms are available at the SRAC front desk. Info: Laura Crumpler at or 919-934-1408.

Group Fitness Classes at the SRAC

Free fitness classes are offered to Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center members throughout the week. Classes include water aerobics, cycling, hybrid fitness, Tai Chi, yoga and Zumba. Schedules are available at the SRAC or online at Day passes are available for purchase for non-SRAC members.


Contact: 919-975-1411;

Youth Basketball Open Gym

The Selma Parks and Recreation Department will offer open gym for boys and girls (grades K-12), beginning Nov. 15 at Selma Elementary. The program will focus on skill development and conditioning in all areas of the game of basketball. Grades K-5 will meet from 3-4 p.m., grades 6-8 from 4-5, grades 9-12 from 5-6. Contact the office for more info.


The Selma Parks and Recreation Dept. offers Zumba classes, which fuses Latin and International rhythms with a dynamic workout session that is fun and easy to do. Classes are at the Harrison Center for Active Aging weekly on Thursdays from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.


Contact: 919-553-1551;

Exercise classes

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of exercise classes, including Zumba, yoga, pilates, cardio kick and more for all ages. For information on the offerings, times and costs visit online.

Tae Kwon Do

This Tae Kwon Do program for ages 7 and up focuses on self-confidence, discipline and physical fitness. The instructor, Joey Reeder, is an International Tae Kwon Do Federation certified black belt. Regulation uniforms are not mandatory. Testing to advance in belt rank is done for an additional fee. Classes start on the first Tuesday of each month and run from 6-8 p.m. Fees are $25-40.

Clayton Community Center Memberships

Memberships for use of the Clayton Community Center are available through the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department for residents of the Town of Clayton and non-residents. Non-residents rates vary from $50-160 yearly (depending on ages/numbers of family members), $8-20 monthly or $6-10 monthly. Residents fees are only $5 per year.

Volunteers needed

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department is always looking for volunteers. Opportunities include park beautification, special events and work in the community garden.

If you are interested or know a group that is looking for community service opportunities, call 919-553-1550 or come by the Clayton Community Center (715 Amelia Church Road).