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Federal Way Track Club now registering for summer season

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

• Federal Way resident Eric Radford and the rest of his Emerald City Pioneers basketball team won the prestigious 17th annual Boys Basketball Memorial Day Tournament in Reno, Nev. Radford is an eighth-grader at Kilo Middle School. The Emerald City Pioneers beat teams from Chico, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento in the title game.

The tournament featured teams from Washington, California, Nevada, Utah and Oregon.

• The Federal Way Track Club has begun its Summer Track Program and is currently accepting new members. The program is for kids from 8 to 18 years old and all practices are held at the Thomas Jefferson High School track. The program is 12 weeks long and athletes ages 8 to 13 practice on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through July 19. Those 14 to 18 practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through July 19.

For more information, go to www.fwtrack.com or contact head coach Darryl Genest at (253) 839-4964.

• Gator Basketball Camp is back again at Decatur High School this summer, July 31- Aug 3, for Boys and Girls grades 4-9. The camp runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The cost $90 ($80 if registering by July 14). Each camper will receive a ball, T-shirt and individual evaluation.

For information, contact Coach Olson at 253.945.5314 or kolson@fwps.org.

• There are softball clinics available for women over 50 years old at 11 a.m. Fridays at the Des Moines Field House, 100 S. 220th. The clinics are for women who have never played or are new to softball. They are taught by Gary Looney.

• With the goal of creating new and better places for kids to play, King County Parks and Recreation has begun a new application cycle for Youth Sports Facility Grants (YSFG).

The YSFG program provides matching grant funds from $5,000 to $75,000 to community and youth organizations that partner with a public agency, such as a school district or city parks department, to develop or renovate sports facilities.

The program has awarded more than $7 million in grants and contributed to nearly 200 new or renovated athletic facilities since 1993.

To qualify for a grant, applicants must meet one to two matching funds requirements.

Grant applications must be submitted by June 23.

“The YSFG program is a model for capital planning and development through partnerships, which is a major component of the King County Parks Division’s business plan,” said Division Director Kevin Brown.

Past grants have been awarded for athletic fields, skate parks, playgrounds, sport courts, and rowing facilities, among others.

“We encourage King County residents to talk to their local recreation provider if there is public land that’s available to develop for youth recreational activities, or if there are existing recreational facilities that need to be renovated,” Brown said.

The YSFG program is funded and sustained through one quarter of 1 percent of car rental taxes. Organizations must match the grant money, and grant funds can’t be used to cover maintenance and operations costs.

To download an application or a letter of intent form, visit www.metrokc.gov/parks/ysports/ysports.

For more information, contact Butch Lovelace, program manager, at (206) 263-6267, or at butch.lovelace@metrokc.gov.

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• As the national immigration debate heats up around the country thirty-six northwest immigrant communities, both old and new, will take to the field in this year’s All Nations Cup, fostering both friendly competition and intercultural relations.

The 2006 All Nations Cup is the largest tournament in the event’s four-year history. Divided into four regions, Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, 36 teams will represent 36 countries. Throughout July each team will compete for the chance to represent their respective region in the finals, and ultimately to become the All Nations Cup champions.

The tournament will be held at the Starfire Sports Complex in Fort Dent Park, Tukwila, the Qualifiers Festival Weekend runs July 14-16, followed by the Finals, the Woman’s Regional, and the Master’s Division on July 22 and 23. The quarterfinals and semifinals will take place from July 25 to 27, finally culminating in the Championship Match on July 29.

All Nations Cup is not simply a soccer tournament; it is a cultural festival as well. As local ethnic communities band together to represent their home-countries in competition, they also celebrate their heritage, through concerts, dances, demonstrations of cultural arts, food from all across the world, as well as numerous youth activities.

Since its founding in 2003 by south end nonprofit Sister Communities, All Nations Cup has grown from a weekend event involving twelve teams into a two-week long festival. And yet the event’s goal has always remained the same - to create a space for all immigrants to share their culture, experience and celebrate our common humanity.

 

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