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Nature Coast Fraternal Order of Police, celebrities meet in softball tournament

The Nature Coast Lodge 164 of the Fraternal Order of Police is preparing to take on past and present Tampa Bay Buccaneers players and other celebrities in a charity softball game. About 30 FOP members will play against the athletes at 7 p.m. June 20 at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville.

"An event like this brings the community together and shows we can get together and do something for the community and charities," said Steve Klapka, president of the Nature Coast Lodge.

Celebrities include former Tampa Bay Ray Jason Romano, current and former Tampa Bay Bucs Chris Hovan, Mike Bennett and Mike Alstott, Bucs super fan Big Nasty, and DJ Chad Brock. Tickets are $20 per family. All proceeds will benefit the lodge, which will disburse them to various charities, including Shop with a Cop and St. Jude's Hospital.

Klapko said the group has done events like this in the past, also playing the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"It's usually a blast because people love to see the players out there," Klapko said. … "It's always great to use these connections to do something for charity and the community."

For more information, call Klapko at (352) 279-1153.

HOCKEY: The Sunshine Shoot-out Indoor Ball Hockey Tournament will be June 26-28 at Sportszone2, 7716 Rutilio Court in New Port Richey.

Teams can register for $550 and the tournament is open division.

Games will be filmed as well, and prizes will be awarded to the overall team winner, the runner-up and the most valuable player, defenseman and goalie. The event is sponsored by Matt Garry Inc.

For more information, call Matt Garry at (813) 818-1312 or (727) 809-0775.

YOGA: The New Port Richey Recreation Center, at 6630 Van Buren St., holds fitness yoga classes every Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m.

The cost is $7 per class and participants must bring their own mat.

For more information, call (727) 841-4560.

SHUFFLEBOARD: The Betmar Shuffleboard Club in Zephyrhills will host the World Singles International Shuffleboard Association Tournament from Oct. 14-18 at the Betmar Community shuffleboard courts.

The field will include 72 of the top tournament players from the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, Australia, Portugal, Norway, Brazil and England. Spectators can attend at no cost.

For more information, e-mail Terry Rainwater at trainwater@tampabay.rr.com or visit www.theshuffler.org.

POKER: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will host its Texas hold'em competition at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Aripeka Elks Lodge No. 2520, at 9135 Denton Avenue in Hudson.

The event is co-sponsored by WJQB 106.3-FM and tickets cost $30 or two for $50. The overall winner takes home "bragging rights" for Pasco County, since no monetary prize can be given.

For more information, call (727) 848-8888.

SOCCER: The First Hernando Youth Soccer Club will host the opening qualifier of the annual 3 vs. 3 Soccer Invitational on July 27 at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill. (It was postponed from April 18.)

The tournament will set qualifiers for the regional event in Savannah, Ga. There are boys and girls age groups from U6 to U18 along with adult men, women and coed divisions. Registration fee is $155 per team, which includes a tournament T-shirt and guarantees at least four games per squad. The deadline to enter is June 20.

For more information or to register, visit www.3v3worldwide.com/schedule/Tampa/index_ E.html.

Submit upcoming events, registrations, info to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Nature Coast Fraternal Order of Police, celebrities meet in softball tournament 06/01/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 1, 2009 3:57pm]
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