The Wesley Chapel Athletic Association is currently working to expand Wesley Chapel District Park in order to increase the size of the practice facilities at its teams' disposal and create a wider range of options for events the organization can host.
The park currently holds the two of the nation's largest lacrosse tournaments every year and is home to youth teams across the sports of baseball, softball, football, soccer, lacrosse, basketball and cheerleading.
"We've been working with the county because they're wanting to put in some new fields right across the road from us," WCAA Director at Large Joe Palermo said. "They're talking about putting two turf fields in, but we would like to see a few more grass fields as well. Turf fields would only be used for tournament play, but that doesn't help us grow much, so we want to see grass fields put in as well so we can continue to grow as an organization."
For more information about the WCAA or to sign an online petition in support of the field expansion, visit www.wcaa.countmein.com.
RUNNING: Mud Endeavor is holding the City Lights Mud Run under the night sky at Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City on July 20. If you're a night owl, then this race is for you. The event was created with running at night in mind and will present participants with a different type of 5K challenge. The course will be illuminated with lights all throughout, giving the competitor a whole new look at some of the obstacles. Early registration at a price of $60 is available until Sunday, after which the price will rise to $70 until registration closes on July 18. For more information, visit www.mudendeavor.com.
KARATE: Land O'Lakes Community Park hosts isshinryu karate classes every Monday and Wednesday for both kids and adults. The kids classes take place from 7 to 8 p.m. and cost $40 per month. Adults have class from 7 to 9 p.m. at a cost of $50 per month. For more information, call (813) 929-1229.
BASKETBALL: Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson will host the Hudson Hoops Basketball League beginning July 20 with games on every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children play a 10-game regular season with a single elimination postseason tournament. The league is open to boys and girls and breaks players down into two age groups of 7-9 and 10-12. Player evaluations will take place on Saturday. The cost is $45 per player. For more information, call (727) 861-3033.
TENNIS: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex is hosting youth tennis lessons for kids ages 7-12 beginning in July on Thursday evenings. Players are broken into two groups, beginner or intermediate, during an evaluation session at the first lesson. The focus of the lessons is to work on basic tennis fundamentals. Beginners will have a lesson from 6 to 7 p.m. and intermediate players will have their lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $40 per month. For more information, call (727) 942-7439.