BRATTLEBORO -- Youth Services' Kickin' It Home Kickball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 28 at West River Park on Rt. 30, taps into nostalgia for a game that many people last played during grade school recess.
Kickball, which has seen resurgence as a sport for adults nationwide, is played by teams of 10 players or more, around a baseball diamond, and is not to be confused with dodge ball, according to tournament organizers, who are currently recruiting teams of all ages. All proceeds will help fund Youth Services' programs for runaway and homeless teens, a growing segment of youth in Windham County.
Each team can be comprised of 10 or more individuals and can be mixed gender or single sex. Groups of friends or work colleagues are encouraged to organize a team and sign up by email, in person, or by phone.
Registration is a minimum donation of $200 per team and early registration is appreciated. There will be a prize awarded to the team that raises the most money. A Kickin' It Home trophy will be awarded to the team that wins the tournament and there will also be prizes for some unusual categories, such as best team uniform. Tickets for a 50/50 raffle will also be sold before and during the day-long event.
Youth Services provides short-term emergency housing and follow-up counseling for youth who threaten to run away, have run, or are pushed out of the home. In addition, a strong focus of the agency's case management services is on preventing and alleviating homelessness, with priority given to youth who are currently homeless, at high risk of homelessness, or living in unstable or unsafe housing.
"My hope is that through this tournament, we'll get individuals involved in or aware of our work that may not have been previously," said Bianca Barry, Director of Youth Development at Youth Services. "There are so many ways to get involved, in big and little ways, from volunteering or providing financial support to mentoring a local youth struggling to find their way in the world."
Registration for the tournament can be done by email at email@example.com or by calling 802-380-5598. The tournament will take place rain or shine and food and snacks will be available for sale throughout the day.
For more information on Youth Services' Kickin' It Home tournament, visit www.youthservicesinc.org.
Creepy Crawl 5K
GUILFORD -- Guilford School presents a challenging and festive 5K running event, taking you through the haunted hills of Guilford. All proceeds will benefit Guilford School Athletics. Register before Oct. 13 to receive a free T-shirt, courtesy of Olympia Sports. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and fastest runners.
The costume contest begins at 9 a.m., a free one-mile fun run will be held at 9:30 a.m., and the Creepy Crawl 5K is scheduled for 10 a.m.
For more information, call 802-254-2271. You can register at http://guilfordgrows.wix.com/grows#!creepy-crawl/c1p50 .
Grafton Ponds news
GRAFTON -- Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center has announced the opening schedule for its winter snow season, as well as some of the season's event highlights. A multi-season recreation center best known for its mountain biking and Nordic skiing, Grafton Ponds is located in historic Grafton Village.
Grafton Ponds is scheduled to open for the winter 2013-14 winter season on Dec. 14, with the help of Mother Nature and a state-of-the-art snowmaking system.
While the trails are open year-round, Grafton Ponds operates on a seasonal basis for its lodge, lessons and rentals. The Center is open for the summer season from mid-June through mid-October and winter season is open from mid-December through mid-March.
The complete schedule of events can be found online at GraftonPonds.com.
Every Saturday through Oct. 20, wine and cheese hikes are offered. Hikes begin at 1:30 p.m., and end with hikers enjoying wine and Grafton Village cheese on the deck of the Outdoor Center, overlooking Grafton Ponds. The cost is $25 per person, and the difficulty of each hike is based on the group's ability.