Dade City Little League will be among three area leagues competing in a fundraiser tonight at the Tampa Bay Rays home game.
The teams will compete for thousands of dollars for player scholarships, park renovations, new batting cages and other improvements as part of a promotion called "Strike Out Gray, Tampa Bay!" sponsored by Just For Men AutoStop.
From 5:30 to 7:10 p.m., the kids will make posters for their leagues at tables on the concourse and rally fans to pledge to get at least one man — a dad, husband, friend or relative — to "strike out the gray" using Just For Men AutoStop. Meanwhile, coaches will use the product right there at a salon on the concourse, applying it themselves and then getting rinsed and styled by local hairstylists.
"The kids have been really excited about this because they have been given tickets to three different Rays games and on Friday night they'll be on the concourse trying to get people to vote for them," Just For Men AutoStop representative Noelle Anderson said. "The kids like seeing their coaches get their hair dyed and the parents are all really happy about the opportunity for the kids."
The Little League that garners the most pledges between now and July 31 will be awarded $7,500, with the second- and third-place leagues winning $2,500 and $2,000, respectively.
GOLF: Magnolia Valley Golf Club in New Port Richey announced the arrival of the First Tee of Tampa Bay, a program of the Tampa YMCA. The program helps kids learn the game of golf while providing quality out-of-school time that supports academic success and improves self esteem.
Kids develop life-enhancing values such as confidence, perseverance and judgment through golf and character education. Group golf lessons and golf teams will be offered year round, plus weekly summer camps. For information about the First Tee at the Magnolia Valley Golf Club and program applications, visit www.thefirstteetampabay.org or www.magnoliavalleygolfclub.com or call (813) 238-7320.
BASKETBALL: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex hosts Brown Bag Basketball from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. This free midday exercise is open to ages 18 and up. Participants are encouraged to pack a lunch and come play. For information, call (727) 942-7439.
ADULT SOFTBALL: Registration for adult softball at the J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex and Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson is now open. There are four leagues available: Men's recreational, coed, coed education and church.
The league plays a 10-game regular season at a cost of $375 per team. There will be a managers meeting, which at least one representative from each team must attend, from 7-9 p.m. July 10 at the West Pasco Government Center in New Port Richey. Teams wishing to register after the meeting can do so at the J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex or Veterans Memorial Park. For information, call (727) 942-7439.
TINY TOTS SPORTS: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex also hosts Tiny Tots Sports Time from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday. The class is free and is designed to improve the motor skills of children ages 1 to 5 through running, kicking and playing sports games such as soccer and tennis. For information, call (727) 942-7439.
KARATE: The James Irvin Civic Center in Dade City hosts Trimm No Shin Karate classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The Trimm No Shin style involves weaponry and combines traditional Okinawan karate with American practicality.
The self-defense techniques can work for anyone regardless of age or gender. Class times vary on age and skill level. The cost of the classes is $20 per month and they are open to anyone age 5 and up. For information, call (352) 521-4166.
To submit information on community sports events, contact David Rice at [email protected]