Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Collaboration brings opportunity to play to Holiday students

Gulfside Elementary principal Chris Clayton recognized that cost and location keep some students away from youth sports.

Gulfside Elementary principal Chris Clayton recognized that cost and location keep some students away from youth sports.

Before he was the principal of Gulfside Elementary School, Chris Clayton was a student — one who loved sports.

"Playing sports was such a big part of my childhood, and I couldn't imagine growing up without it," Clayton said.

He always wanted to share his love for sports with students, though the cost and location of many youth sports programs made this wish seem like a distant dream.

"My students just didn't have access," he said.

But now comes the realization of Clayton's dream, with the formation of the One Community Now sports league.

Approved this week by the School Board, the league marks a collaboration between Gulfside Elementary School, Paul R. Smith Middle School, Anclote High School and Generations Christian Church, kicking off with a season of soccer before expanding to other sports. The program is being underwritten by Hyundai of New Port Richey under the leadership of CEO Scott Fink and will be overseen by athletic director Leah Ritchey, a Trinity-based YMCA instructor.

"Every team gets a trophy," said Patti Templeton, outreach minister at Generations Christian Church. "Every child gets a trophy."

Through its One Community Now program, a 501(c)3, church volunteers have developed a longstanding relationship with Gulfside Elementary School, giving donations of time, food and clothing to students in need.

"When we surveyed the students' families and asked them about their needs, they said they wanted more things for the children to do," said Templeton. "We wanted the kids to play a sport, and we wanted to get parents involved."

The One Community Now sports league will also offer lessons in character as well as biblical study.

"This is about character building," said Matthew Pratt, an Anclote High coach and member of the One Community Now committee. "This is about getting these students involved in something."

>>Fast facts

To learn more

One Community Now Sports League registrations are being accepted for Gulfside Elementary and Paul R. Smith Middle school students, grades K-6. Students who qualify for free lunch programs will pay $25 to participate. Cost for others is $45. Parent coaches and business sponsors are needed, as are donations of sports gear. For information, contact Patti Templeton at (727) 375-8801, ext. 2232, [email protected]

scc.com, or Chris Clayton at Gulfside Elementary School, (727) 774-6000.

Collaboration brings opportunity to play to Holiday students 09/05/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 6, 2013 12:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning approaches decision time for Mikhail Sergachev

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mikhail Sergachev had dinner with his host family from juniors Monday.

    The Lightning has to decide, as early as this weekend whether Mikhail Sergachev will stick in the NHL or return to juniors for another season. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  2. Tampa man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed bicyclist on I-4 exit ramp in Tampa

    Accidents

    TAMPA — A 44-year-old Tampa was arrested and charged Wednesday in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist earlier in the day.

    Christopher Jerimiah Cole, 44, of Tampa was driving this silver Mercedes on Wednesday when it struck a bicyclist on the exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 4 to southbound U.S. 301, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Cole kept driving, troopers said. The bicyclist, a 45-year-old Brandon man, died at the scene. His name was not immediately released because troopers were working to notify his family. [Florida Highway Patrol]
  3. Quarterbacks, head coach targeting Vernon Hargreaves; 'I'm not producing,' he says

    Bucs

    Eli Manning gathered his receivers together during the Giants' Week 4 game against the Bucs and informed them of the weakest link of the secondary he planned to target that afternoon.

    Quarterbacks this season have a 128.7 rating when targeting Vernon Hargreaves. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Rick Baker's radio ad said Rick Kriseman missed NAACP event---but he didn't.

    Blogs

    A radio ad narrated by St. Petersburg civil rights activist Sevell Brown and paid for by a political-action committee supporting Rick Baker asserts that Mayor Rick Kriseman "couldn't be bothered to show up" for a recent NAACP event.

    Rick Kriseman didn't skip recent NAACP event, but Rick Baker radio ad claims he did
  5. Demolition begins on wing of Channelside Bay Plaza, making way for Water Street Tampa (w/video)

    Business

    TAMPA — The original developers of Channelside Bay Plaza at first wanted the name of the complex to include the word "Garrison." That would have fit, because the center turned out to be fort-like, inwardly focused and unwelcoming.

    A pedestrian bridge in the southwest wing of Channelside Bay Plaza was demolished in Tampa on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. [Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times]