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W_-_Visions_Volleyball  ORLANDO – Girls ages 10 – 18 with Vision Volleyball Club of Gainesville attended the 39th Annual AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships June 19-27 at both the ESPN Wide World of Sports and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Over 1,700 teams competed in the multi-day event, including those coming from the United States, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and China.

Vision 14 National Black went 10-1 in this national event, tying for 9th out of 144 teams in the 14-club division. By the third day they were the only Florida 14’s team that remained undefeated.  Players are#2 Kelsey Harris, #3 Sydney Richeson, #4 Kate Hellkamp, #5 Cary Emerson, #7 Kiki Sermons, #13 Emily Maule, #9 Gabby O'Connell, #10 Sofia Reed, #12 Geena Schafer, #17 Emily Louie-Meaders and #18 Lexus McCray.  The team’s head coach is Stephanie Wyatt and assistant coaches are Kris Gibson and Cari Martin.

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The Alachua Chamber of Commerce held its 22nd annual Dollar General Sportsfest on June 16 at Meadowbrook Golf Club.

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Basketbell and baseball summer camps right around the corner

GAINESVILLE – Summer is here and so are the Santa Fe College athletics camps.  Coach Chris Mowry will host his annual Basketball Camp for two separate sessions and Coach Johnny Wiggs will have three youth camps and other clinics and one day high school camps throughout the summer.

The first Basketball Youth Camp (ages 5-16) session takes place June 11-15 and the second session is August 6-10.  Follow this link for full registration information: http://dept.sfcollege.edu/ce/BasketballCamp.html

Baseball Youth Camp (ages 7-13) opens with their first session June 18-21.  Two other youth camp sessions take place July 16-19 and August 6-9.  One day pitching clinics (ages 10-15) take place June 25, July 23 and August 13.  A one day High School camp is also offered on June 29 for ages 14-18.  Follow this link for full registration information: http://dept.sfcollege.edu/ce/BaseballCamp.html

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Free camp for Gainesville area youth; community event

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ALACHUA – Alachua native, Gator Hall of Famer and NFL Veteran Mike Peterson will host his annual “Bring It” Youth Football Camp at Citizens Field in Gainesville on Saturday, June 30.  The 2012 camp is presented by The Center for Special Needs Trust Administration and is supported in partnership with the NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) through the NFL Player Youth Football Camp Grant Program.

This free, non-contact camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 18 years old. Camp registration is now open at www.mikepetersonfoundation.com. Camp is open to the first 200 registrants. The stands will be open and food will be sold for spectators. The annual camp is also being supported locally by Reebok, Hilton Gainesville, Gator Dominos, and Subway.

Following the camp, join Peterson as he heads over to host his annual Family Fun Day from 5 – 8 p.m. at Skinner Field in Peterson’s hometown of Alachua. This free event, also presented by The Centers for Special Needs Trust, is open to all area residents and will feature family friendly activities such as face painting, kickball, music and dancing, bouncy houses and more. Dinner will also be provided.

While the entire event is completely free, guests are asked to bring at least one non-perishable food item.  Upon entering Skinner Field, guests can exchange their canned good(s) and receive a ticket that will enable them to get a free ice cream.  Immediately following the event, all donated food items will be donated to the Cleather Hathcock Community Center in Alachua to feed the hungry.

For the second consecutive year, Alachua Family Fun Day will have a “Get to Know Your Community” section, highlighting local businesses and their products and services.  To be a part of this showcase, contact Megan Garber at 843-364-4904 or megan@mikepetersonfoundation.com.

A graduate of Santa Fe High School, Peterson created the Mike Peterson Foundation in 2004 as a means of giving back to his hometown of Alachua and his NFL hometowns of Jacksonville and Atlanta.  The foundation’s mission is to support families in need in the community and to stimulate the positive development of youth through education, recreation and life skills programs. To learn more about the foundation or its events, call 352-897-0673 or visit www.mikepetersonfoundation.com.

To learn more about the camp, sponsorship opportunities or for general information about the foundation, visit www.mikepetersonfoundation.com.

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PALATKA - The Florida Force Soccer Club makes its debut in Palatka, marking the return of competitive youth soccer to the area. This new club is starting with a strong foundation as several experienced coaches from around north Florida that have already joined the staff.

Club President Robert Miles and Vice-President Patrick Gould have brought their established girls team, which will be u16 for 2012/2013, into the club. The former Flagler Force / Ocala Lightning Elite Girls are now part of the Florida Force, as are Coach Baeu's u13 boys and Leo Goretti’s u16 boys teams. U-10 girls and u-12 girls coaches have also been named.

The staff includes several experienced coaches and the club will be looking to form traveling teams in various ages.

The Florida Force Soccer Club will be holding tryouts for boys and girls ages 9 to 17, in Palatka on Saturday, June 2 and Saturday, June 9 at John Theobold (aka Triangle) Park, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other tryouts locations and questions / information can be obtained by emailing floridaforce@gmail.com.

All players must pre-register for tryouts at www.flaglerpremiersoccer.com.

The Florida Force will feature year round training with good coaching, the ability to play in North Florida competitive leagues and statewide tournaments while also maintaining a reasonable cost. Many of the large soccer clubs have turned youth soccer into a big business. At Florida Force Soccer, we pride ourselves on developing soccer players with solid skills, always keeping in mind that it's about the kids.

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