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SKYDIVE CITY WILL WELCOME 'SWOOPING' CHAMPIONSHIPS

Skydive City in Zephyrhills will host the National Championships of Canopy Piloting next month in conjunction with the United States Parachute Association. The event will select the U.S. Team to compete at the World Meet of Canopy Piloting in Russia later this year.

Canopy piloting (commonly called "swooping") is a fast-growing part of the skydiving scene with competitors flying ultra-high performance parachutes at speeds of 80-100 mph, diving at the ground to run courses for distance, speed and accuracy. Skydive City has become a training facility for swooping with its 1-acre swoop pond and other amenities.

The season's final Florida Canopy Piloting Association meet will be held May 4-5, and will serve as a practice event for most of the competitors. The national competition will be held May 8-10.

For information, contact Skydive City at (813) 783-9399.

GOLF: The third annual Support the Troops Golf Tournament will be held May 18-19 at Scotland Yards Golf Club in Dade City. The entry fee is $45 for individuals, $180 for a foursome.

Each day will include dinner, green fees and a golf cart, a silent auction, door prizes and a raffle, and a hole-in-one contest with a $10,000 prize.

Support the Troops is a charity that sends care packages containing toiletries, foodstuffs and snack items, cards and games, batteries, phone cards, and other appreciated and needed goodies to U.S. troops stationed overseas.

For information about the tournament or to register to play, contact Sheldon Kamlet at (407) 221-5858.

FISHING: The seventh annual Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation Catch and Release Fishing Tournament will be held at 8 a.m. May 10 at Catches Waterfront Grille in Port Richey.

All angler team registrations include a boat, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide, breakfast, boxed lunches and beverages, bait and tackle, official tournament gear, goodie bag, entrance to the awards party and recognition on the PHCC website. No experience is necessary and the event is all-inclusive. An awards party will be held at Catches.

The tournament raises funds to benefit the PHCC Foundation Inc., which supports programs at the college including scholarships, academic programs, four campus libraries, faculty and staff development and instructional equipment. To register an angler team or partner as a sponsor, visit www.phcc.edu/gofish or call (727) 816-3410.

RUNNING: The fourth annual Caliente Bare Dare, a clothing-optional 5K, will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 5 at Caliente Resort & Spa in Land O'Lakes. The event, which is USA Track & Field certified, takes runners on a scenic one-loop course through Caliente, with awards for the top finishers.

Registration costs $30 and includes a T-shirt. Nudity is not required to race.

For information or to register, visit www.imathlete.com or www.nuderaces.com.

FIREARMS SAFETY: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, on U.S. 19 north of Weeki Wachee, is offering firearms safety classes over the next few months.

The next classes will be May 1 and 18 and June 5. A special "ladies only" class will be held on June 15. All classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The course covers lessons about the basics of firearm safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. The class includes practice time on the range.

Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. Advance registration is required; fee is $60 per person.

For information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.

To submit items on community sports events, contact David Rice at davidrice83@gmail.com.

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