Corey Hill enjoys fighting for a good cause.
That's why the Brooksville resident will participate in Spike TV's "UFC Fight for the Troops," an event designed to raise funds to build a hospital for men and women in the armed forces who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. The event premieres live at 9 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.
"It's awesome for me to be able to show my skills and do something positive at same time," said Hill, 30. "I tell people this job I have is very serious, but this job is also a game. What they (the soldiers) do is more serious. I step in the cage and fight for one night when they lay down their lives every day.
"I'm just glad to be a part of it."
It's also part of Hill's contract he got when he was on The Ultimate Fighter 5, the fifth season of the Ultimate Fighting Championship-produced reality television series. It's one of his fights this year and part of the nine he was guaranteed. His last two and only fights were undercards that ended up going straight to the league's Web site, but this fight will be on TV.
Hill will be taking on Navy veteran Dale Hartt with more than 1,000 military service members on hand from nearby Fort Bragg, and for Hill this is another dream come true in his career.
"When I first heard about this (show), I was like, 'Wow, that's what we work and train for,' " the father of three said. "People will get to see what goes on in the gym live and what we work so hard for. This is an ultimate goal for us fighters."
More information, including ways to donate, can be found at www.fallenheroesfund.org or by calling toll-free at 1-800-340-HERO (4376).
BASKETBALL: East Pasco Family YMCA in Zephyrhills is hosting the 3-on-3 B-Ball Classic on Dec. 5-6. The cost is $100 per four-man team with an 18-and-older division as well as a 40-and-older division. The tournament will be double elimination and each team is guaranteed three games. Times have yet to be determined.
For more information, contact Shawn Brown at email@example.com or (813) 780-9622.
AEROBICS: The YMCA in Zephyrhills is also hosting an Aerob-a-thon from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday. The cost is $30 per person. For more information, call (813) 780-9622.
SCUBA: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Center is hosting PADI Scuba Diving Class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13. Cost for the two days is $314.
For information, call (813) 929-1220.
HOCKEY: Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring an Open Floor Hockey night Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson. Play is free and the games are designed for ages 16 and up. The games will be similar to street hockey.
For information, call (727) 861-3033.
ZUMBA: The Sun Trust Branch YMCA is hosting a Zumba Thon on Friday for those looking to shed the extra pounds after Thanksgiving. Anyone is welcome, and cost is $8 for nonmembers. Space will be limited to the first 50 people and advance registration is required. For information, call (727) 844-0332.
TENNIS: Afterschool Impact Tennis Training is taking place at Quail Ridge Country Club every weekday except Thursday. The class is open to all ages and trains from beginning to advanced players. The class provides instruction, drills, match play for singles and doubles, strategy, footwork and the use of a Playmate Grand Slam ball machine. Walk-ins cost $11 per hour, but by appointment the class runs at varying rates. Ten hours of instruction is $100, 15 hours is $135 and 20 hours is $170.
For information, call USPTA pro Brent Wellman at (727) 919-2011 or visit brentwellman.com.
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