Full-contact alumni football coming to Brooksville

Gridiron Alumni is planning several full-contact alumni football games in Brooksville during the next couple of months.

Gridiron Alumni is an organization that travels around the country pitting old high school football rivals against each other. Players are still needed. The first 40 players on each team get to play, and the team that gets 30 people registered first gets home-field advantage.

Teams from Central High, Hernando High, Hernando Christian Academy and Nature Coast Technical High are forming. Games are scheduled for this month and April.

For information, call Chris Hall at (530) 410-6396 or go to gridironalumni.com.

ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUES: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will have three adult softball leagues — coed, men's and women's — starting this month at the adult fields at the Jerome Brown Community Center.

Men's games will be on Mondays, beginning March 19. Women's games will be on Tuesdays, beginning March 20. Coed games will be on Thursdays, beginning March 22.

Games will be at 7, 8:15 and 9 p.m. There is a sponsor fee of $250, a player fee of $20 and a new team fee of $25. All rosters and fees are due by March 8.

For information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (352) 540-3830.

TENNIS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation has announced that 2012 scholarship applications are available for high school seniors.

Two $500 scholarships will be awarded by the organization. There are two applications online at nctf.usta.com — one for an academic scholarship available to all seniors, the other specifically for tennis players. The application deadline is April 1.

For information, visit the website or send email to nctf@tampabay.rr.com.

DAWN CENTER GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando Oaks Women's Golf Association will sponsor a golf tournament to benefit the Dawn Center. The tournament is on April 18 at Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club in Brooksville.

The event will begin at 8 a.m., with all proceeds donated to the Dawn Center, Hernando County's nonprofit shelter for abused women and children.

Golfer registration is $65 per person and includes the tournament, buffet, contests and prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for $50. The golf reservation deadline is March 30; spots are limited.

For information, send email to Andrea McGregor at HOWGACharities@aol.com.

SMART START BASKETBALL: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor Smart Start Youth Basketball starting Monday at the Jerome Brown Community Center.

The program is designed to teach 3- and 4-year-olds the fundamentals of the sport while emphasizing motor skills. The coaches also will help participants learn how to play organized basketball and spend one-on-one time with parents.

The one-hour camp will be once a week on Mondays for six weeks. Parents can sign up for either the 10:30 a.m. session or the 5:30 p.m. session. The intensity and difficulty of the exercises will increase each week.

For information, call Tiffany Taylor at (352) 540-3835.

HORACE COPELAND FOOTBALL CAMP: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the second- annual Horace "Hi-C" Copeland Football Camp at two locations this month.

After a successful run last year, the program has expanded to two counties. On March 16 and 17, Lecanto High School will host the camp; on March 23 and 24, the camp will be at Springstead High School in Spring Hill.

The cost is $65 for ages 5 to 16. The camp includes interactive football drills and life lessons. Lunch will be provided.

Copeland, 41, a former University of Miami and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, now lives in the area.

For information, email Harry Johnson at hjohnson@hernandocounty.us or call Christie Williams at (352) 754-4031.

ST. JUDE GOLF FUNDRAISER: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will have a golf tournament Saturday at the Dunes Golf Club, north of Weeki Wachee. Proceeds go to research at the hospital.

The event will be a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Registration will begin at noon. The cost is $300 per team or $350 for a team plus a hole sponsorship. The early deadline for sign-up is Saturday.

Sponsors include Felony's Bar and Grill, Friendly Kia, Harley-Davidson of Crystal River, Extreme Fitness and Joni Industries. Businesses will provide hole-in-one prizes. After the tournament, there will be a social at Felony's in Spring Hill.

For information, call Melissa Turner at (352) 596-7888.

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CLASSIC YOUTH BOWLING: Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill will host the Southwest Florida Classic Youth Bowlers Eliminator Tournament on Sunday.

With $1,500 in scholarships to be awarded, the field will be split into three divisions. Division 1 will be for averages of 139 and under. Division 2 will include averages from 140 to 184, and Division 3 will be for averages of 185 and higher. The first two divisions will compete with handicap based on 100 percent of 200, while Division 3 will be scratch.

One of every five entries is guaranteed a cash prize. First place from each division will win $250 and a trophy, based on 20 entries per division. A $100 scholarship will be awarded for any 300 game thrown.

The entry fee is $40 per bowler, and preregistered competitors will save $5. The tournament will begin at 11 a.m., with check-in at 10. All bowlers must be U.S. Bowling Congress certified and under 21 years old.

For information, call Mark Michel at (813) 486-2641 or email SWFCbowling@tampabay.rr.com. Information also is available online at southwestfloridaclassic.com.

HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will host the third-annual Cause Fore Paws Golf Tournament on April 3 to benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast.

A shotgun start for the best-ball scramble is set for 9 a.m., with check-in starting at 8.

The entry fee is $75 per golfer, including prizes and a buffet barbecue lunch. The lead tournament sponsor is Brooksville/Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Other sponsors include Century 21 Alliance Realty/Gail Spada Team, Flagstone Pavers and Sammy the Cat, representing special-needs felines. The hole-in-one sponsor is Rick Matthews Buick/GMC.

Individual hole sponsorships also are available for pets and their human companions. Proceeds will go toward the care of homeless pets in Hernando, Citrus, Pasco and Sumter counties.

For information, call (352) 797-0962.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at derekjlariviere@gmail.com or (352) 584-6337.

Full-contact alumni football coming to Brooksville 02/29/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 4:40pm]

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