The Sept. 23 Tampa Bay Rays game against the Toronto Blue Jays will benefit the Hernando County Education Foundation when tickets are purchased through the local organization.
First pitch for the Sunday contest will be at 1:40 p.m., with gates opening at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg at 11:40 a.m. The first 10,000 kids will receive a Rays bobblehead, and kids will be allowed to run the bases after the game.
Tickets in the lower box seats are available for $20 each, with a deadline of Sept. 11 for purchase.
For information, contact Frank Zito at (407) 697-0868 or [email protected]
KIWANIS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will play host to the seventh annual Kiwanis of Spring Hill Children Charity Golf Invitational on Sept. 20.
Proceeds will be distributed by Kiwanis Club to various local charities and organizations that benefit children.
Registration is scheduled for 8 a.m., when breakfast will be served. The shotgun start is set for 10 a.m., with a buffet lunch, awards ceremony and silent auction at the conclusion of play.
Participants may register by visiting springhillkiwanis.org. The registration fee is $110 per player or $400 per foursome. The deadline is Sept. 10.
For information, contact Richard Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829, ext. 25, or [email protected]
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FEST: Special Olympics of Hernando County is holding Olympic Fest 2012 on Sept. 15 at Springstead High School in Spring Hill.
Open to all groups from 3 years old to 40-plus, the event will raise money for Special Olympics. Seven different age groups will compete in short sprints. The entry fee is $5 for kids ages 3 to 13, $8 for ages 14 to 17 and $10 for adults over 18.
There will be vendors, live music, raffles and other games. Activities begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.
For information, send email to Andrea Lee Purvis at AndreaCan [email protected]
BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT: The local chapter of the Florida Council on Delinquency and Crime is organizing a golf tournament at Brooksville County Club at Majestic Oaks on Sept. 30.
The four-person scramble will benefit facilities that assist victims, including the Dawn Center for domestic violence victims in Hernando County and the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. The registration fee is $240 per foursome or $60 per golfer for those who do not have a group.
The fee includes golf, cart and lunch. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m., with prizes awarded for first, second and third place; longest drive, and closest-to-the-pin.
The registration deadline is Sept. 10, limited to the first 100 golfers.
For information, call Tonya Griffin at (352) 797-3410.
SPRING HILL DIXIE BASEBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Baseball will hold registration for the fall season at Anderson Snow Park this month.
League officials will accept sign-ups in the office at the park. Volunteers will be there from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20 and 23 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25.
All potential players must turn 5 years old by April 30, 2013. Participants cannot turn 15 years old before Nov. 23.
The cost is $70 for the first child from a family and $65 for other children. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fees cover games, insurance and trophies.
A $30 late fee will be charged after the registration dates. There will also be a $30 concession deposit required during sign-ups, but the fee will be refunded after three hours of volunteer work in the concession stand.
For information, call Joe Abbadessa at (352) 263-4488.
BROOKSVILLE BULLDOGS BASEBALL: The Brooksville Bulldogs, an AAU travel club, are seeking players for the coming baseball season, which runs from September through February.
The team plays doubleheaders in Brooksville and tournaments in Central Florida in the 14-and-younger age division.
For information, contact Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or bruce [email protected]
UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled its sixth annual umpires clinics.
The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and also can help seasoned umpires improve. Clinics will take place at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill on Sunday and Sept. 2 and at Ridge Manor Park in Ridge Manor on Aug. 19. All sessions run from noon to 3 p.m.
The clinics are open to men and women ages 16 and older. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. each day. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.
Visit hernandosumterumpire.com to register in advance. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send email to [email protected] sumterumpire.com.
BADDEST MUDDER: The Baddest Mudder 5K is coming to Brooksville on Nov. 3 and 4.
Baddest Mudder is a group that runs obstacle races around the Suncoast. It will be holding its first event at the Hernando County Fairgrounds on U.S. 41 in Brooksville.
The race is open to all ages, teams and skill levels. Sign-up prizes will be offered to all participants. The event includes a well-marked and defined course, food, drinks, music and field games.
The two-day event starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. each day.
Participants may sign up at baddestmudder.com. There are discounts for groups, and early-bird registration is currently open for $49.95 per runner.
Kids are welcome; organizers are offering a kids-only "Mini Mudder" pit for free.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.