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Special Pops Tennis Tournament Hosted in Peachtree Corners

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During the last weekend of September, nearly 150 athletes are expected to participate in the Special Pops Tennis 2019 Fall Classic Tournament. They’ll arrive from throughout Georgia and other states — Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland — for three days of tennis, social activity and quality lodging at Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners, according to Jim Hamm, Special Pops Tennis Executive Director.

The tournament, held Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29, features singles and doubles match play at all levels of adaptive tennis. In addition to tennis, there are social happenings planned, including a dinner dance and off-court games.

“Our premier event — the largest adaptive tennis tournament in the nation — is held each year at Life Time Athletic and Tennis Peachtree Corners. This will mark our 14th year of the Special Pops Tennis Fall Classic Tournament,” he said. “And we feel it is a privilege to host it in Peachtree Corners.”

Hamm is one of the founding members of Special Pops Tennis, now in its 15th year as an approved 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. “Our mission is to ‘enrich the lives of children and adults through the lifetime sport of tennis.’ While we teach the sport of tennis, we focus on the development of life skills,” Hamm explained. “We are a grassroots organization that relies heavily on the support of the communities where we exist.”

Some of the many business and organizations that have supported the group include Life Time Athletic and Tennis, Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners, Wesleyan School, Norcross High School and Chick-fil-A Peachtree Corners.

Community support also includes volunteers. In past years, more than 300 volunteers have contributed their time to ensure that the athletes enjoy a fun-filled weekend of tennis and camaraderie.

“Our coaches, volunteers and supporters benefit greatly in that they come to serve this deserving population and leave with making a difference in many lives including their own,” Hamm said. “Our motto is Play Tennis; Make Friends; Live Life. The testimonials of our participants give us an awareness that being involved in Special Pops Tennis creates lifetime memories.”

Special Pops Tennis is always interested in recruiting volunteers for the tournament. There are a few requirements: a passion for the population and helping others; and energy and full commitment to the shift and respective responsibilities. Some on-court volunteers also need tennis skill and a good knowledge of the game.

Spectators are encouraged to attend. “Everyone is invited to join in the fun. There is no charge for admission,” Hamm said.

Visit specialpopstennis.org for more details on the tournament and info on getting involved.

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Wesleyan School Opens Registration for Community Basketball Clinics

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Wesleyan School Basketball Clinic

Wesleyan School has opened registration for its fall and winter Community Basketball Clinics. Open to children ages 5-10, all students are welcome and do not have to attend Wesleyan to participate.

The clinics are structured so that players receive sound fundamental instruction in a competitive and organized environment focusing on skill development and teamwork.

“Our goal is for children to learn how to play the game of basketball in the correct way in a fun setting,” said Carolyn Whitney, Wesleyan’s Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach.

Boys and girls are invited to participate. Players will be divided by age and ability and will work each week in small groups to learn and develop skills.

“We’re excited to continue to offer excellent programs for the community,” said Kelly Weatherly, Director of Auxiliary Programs. “First and foremost, we want children to have fun and learn new skills. The Community Basketball Clinics at Wesleyan provide that opportunity for children in an environment where they can build their confidence and knowledge of the game.”

Clinics start Saturday, November 2 and run through Saturday, February 1. Registration for the entire season is $150 and drop-in rates are available per clinic. More information can be found online at https://www.wesleyanschool.org/programs/community-sports.

Wesleyan School is a Christian, independent K-12 college preparatory school located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Wesleyan enrolled 1,177 students from throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area. To learn more about the school, visit www.wesleyanschool.org.

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Kids Basketball at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church

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Peachtree Corners Baptist Church (PCBC) has a long-running basketball program. This 240 plus player recreational basketball league provides a well run, fun, Christ-centered program for boys and girls ages 7-12 years old.

Players are coached by one or two Christian coaches who emphasize the importance of working together as a team and striving to always do your best.

Teams will have one practice a week and one game on Friday nights for 7-8-year-olds and Saturdays for 9-12-year-olds.  Practices will begin on Tuesday, November 5th. 

The 9 game season begins in December and ends in February. PCBC’s 9-10 and 11-12 leagues will end with a tournament.

Some leagues will also play against other local leagues. Registration opens at 9:00 am, Saturday, September 8.  To register visit https://www.pcbchurch.org/basketball

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September is National Yoga Month

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September is National Yoga Month, so Live Healthy Gwinnett has arranged for free, outdoor yoga sessions at eight Parks and Recreation sites next month.

Certified instructors will teach the classes, and all skill levels are welcome. Just bring a mat, towel, water bottle, and a friend. Locations include Vines, Alexander, Ronald Reagan, McDaniel Farm, Simpsonwood, Freeman’s Mill Park, Little Mulberry Park, and the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Preregistration is not required. For more details and to view the full month’s schedule, click here.

SUNDAY

7:00am – 8:00am
Vines Park
3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville

TUESDAY

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Alexander Park
800 Old Snellville Highway, Lawrenceville

Ronald Regan Park
September 3 & 17 ONLY
2777 Five Forks-Trickum Road, Lawrenceville

Yoga on the Green – at Town Center in Peachtree Corners
Every Tuesday at 8 am – extended through September 24! Everyone from brand new beginners to experienced yogis is welcome to this FREE class taught by Sun Dragon Yoga. After class wind down and relax with light snacks provided by the Sleep Number. For more information click here.

WEDNESDAY

Toddler & Me
Ages 5 – under with adult
10:00am – 11:00am
McDaniel Farm Park
3020 McDaniel Road, Duluth

THURSDAY

7:00am – 8:00am and 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Simpsonwood Park
4511 Jones Bridge Circle, Peachtree Corners

SATURDAY

7:00am – 8:00am
Freeman’s Mill Park
1401 Alcovy Road, Lawrenceville

7:30am – 8:30am
Little Mulberry Park
3800 Hog Mountain Road, Dacula

10:30am – 11:30am
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse
185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville
September 28 ONLY

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