Tuesday July 9, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- This weekend, community volunteers will be hosting the 19th annual "Glove, Sweat and Cheers: Safe at Home" women’s softball tournament at Living Memorial Park. Last year’s tournament generated over $4,000 for the Women’s Freedom Center (formerly known as the Women’s Crisis Center). Organizers hope to surpass that total this year.

Teams from around New England will compete for top honors in two divisions. Games will be played on both the upper and lower fields at Living Memorial Park, beginning Saturday morning and continuing through Sunday afternoon.

Updated schedules will be posted at each field. This is a family friendly event. There are no entrance fees for spectators.

The swimming pool will be open for those that need to cool down and the park has several playgrounds for kids of all ages. Funds are raised through community sponsorship, team and player fees, raffle sales, snack and t-shirt sales, as well as a dance party on Saturday night.

Volunteers are always welcome to assist with scorekeeping and concession sales. Contact glovesweatcheers@gmail.com for information about volunteer opportunities.

This year’s "Funk for Freedom" Dance Party will be held on Saturday from 7-11 p.m. at Stone Church on Main Street in downtown Brattleboro. A "mini-arcade" of sporting games will be available for attendees to test their skills.


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Light snacks will be served and a no host bar will be available. DJ Disco Nic will be spinning all vinyl, all night long. A $5 minimum donation will be requested at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Founded in the early seventies, The Women’s Freedom Center’s mission is to end domestic and sexual violence against women and children by providing support to survivors and education for the community. Their services include a 24-hour hotline, shelter for women and children, legal and medical advocacy, community outreach and education. All services are free.

Volunteer based fundraising is critical to their continued efforts. Folks who are unable to attend the tournament or dance party are encouraged to consider making a donation directly to the Women’s Freedom Center at P.O. Box 933 Brattleboro, VT, or by calling 802-257-7364.

Soccer Camp

WILMINGTON -- The 24th annual Deerfield Valley Soccer Camp will be held this summer from Aug. 5-9. Camp is held daily from 9 a.m. to noon at Twin Valley High School and is open to boys and girls entering grades 1-8. There is also a kindergarten session which runs from 9-10:30 a.m. Campers are separated according to their grade: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, and Grades 5-8 all play in their own groups.

The camp staff includes former and current Twin Valley High School players as well as college players. All campers receive a camp t-shirt, hand-stitched ball, team photo and a mid-morning cold snack.

All youngsters are provided with instruction on the basic techniques and tactics of the game. This instruction includes an introduction to goalkeeping. The daily schedule includes small sided soccer matches and fun-filled games. Special events such as the carnival and world cup tournament are also included.

Day camp tuition is $85 per camper and $75 per each additional child. Tuition for the Kindergarten camp is $55. Go to www.dvsportcamps.com for an application. More information can be obtained by calling 802-464-1295. A limited number of scholarships are available.