United Cerebral Palsy and Achieve Tampa Bay, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting families and individuals with disabilities, will hold its annual Ride Without Limits cycling event on Saturday at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey.
Cyclists will have the option of riding 35, 65 or up to 112 miles through the Pasco and Hernando countryside. The long distance riders will start at 7:30 a.m., and the shorter distance riders will begin at 8 a.m.
"This event gives us unrestricted funds to operate programs," said Patti Hansen, director of grants for United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay. "The riders are all in great spirits and are moved by meeting the clients that we serve. It's more real when you can see the people you're helping."
There is a $35 registration fee, and a minimum of $150 of fundraising per person. For information on the event, visit United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay at www.ridewithoutlimits.org or call (813) 239-1179.
BOWLING: The eighth annual Dave Lance "Keep Him Breathing" fundraiser will take place Sunday at Hudson Bowl. The fundraiser is for a longtime Pasco County bowler who was diagnosed with hypersensitivity pneumonia, a rare chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused by direct and constant contact with parrots he raised for years.
Lance received a lung transplant on March 26, 2006. In March of 2008, he was diagnosed with chronic lung rejection and is facing another transplant. The medications needed for Lance to sustain life are expensive, so each year family and friends come together to raise funds to "Keep Him Breathing." The entry fee is $10 per person, and anyone is welcome. The fundraiser includes door prizes, a raffle and a bake sale. For information, call Hudson Bowl at (727) 863-5481.
CROSS COUNTRY: The Florida High School Athletic Association will hold its cross-country finals Saturday at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City. Admission is $8; children younger than 6 admitted free. Parking is $7 per vehicle. Gates open at 6 a.m. with the first race at 7:30 a.m. Each successive race will start in 25 minute increments. Class 1A through 4A boys and girls runners will compete. For information, visit www.fhsaa.org/cc.
LACROSSE: The third annual Derek Pieper Memorial Cup will be held at Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road, on Saturday and Sunday. The competition attracts lacrosse teams from as far as Canada because it is a qualifying tournament for the Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions, which will be held in Wesley Chapel early in 2010.
For information, go to www.wclacrosse.org or call (813) 994-6633.
SKYDIVING: Skydive City in Zephyrhills, 4241 Sky Dive Lane, will hold a weeklong Thanksgiving Skydive Competition starting Saturday.
Events include seminars, night and high altitude jumps and coaching lectures. Go to www.skydivecity.com or call Skydive City at (813) 783-9399.
SOCCER: United Soccer League will once again host its USL Soccerfest at Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex and Ed Radice Sports Complex in Tampa. The soccerfest involves the best youth teams from around the country, including those in USL's Super Y League that will play its 11th annual final at the event. The tournament runs from today through Tuesday and involves an open Five a Side Frenzy that any player, regardless of skill level, can compete in.
Registration for the five-man team event is open with limited space. For information, visit www.uslsoccerfest.com or call (813) 963-3909.