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Sports Briefs

Golf to aid Veterans Walk

The Hinesville Military Affairs Committee’s Veterans Memorial Walk at Bryant Commons will benefit from the inaugural HMAC Golf Tournament on Saturday. The four-person scramble at Cherokee Rose Country Club begins at 2 p.m. The first-, second- and third-place teams will win $200, $150 and $100, respectively. In addition, Vaden Nissan of Hinesville is offering a 2016 Nissan Versa to the golfer who makes a hole-in-one on hole three. After play, the teams will eat together. Team registration costs $240, and spaces are available, as are $100 hole sponsorships. Anyone interested in playing or sponsoring can contact HMAC members Faye Morris at 912-876-7039 or or Melinda Schneider at 912-271-1702 or

Free self-defense class at Rec

The Liberty County Recreation Department will offer free security and self-defense classes this month:

April 21 at the Liberty County Community Complex in Midway at 6:30 p.m.; and

April 26 at the Shuman Center in Hinesville at 6:30 p.m.

The instructor is state certified. You don’t need to register, just show up dressed in workout clothes. This course is for ages 14 and up. For more information, call LCRD at 912-876-5359 or the LCCC at 912-884-3500.

Thunder tryouts Saturday

The South Georgia Thunder AAU 13U boys’ basketball team will have tryouts from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Liberty County YMCA, 201 Mary Lou Drive in Hinesville. It is open to boys ages 11-13. For more information, call coach Aaron White after 5 p.m. at 912-432-9797.

Tourney helps cancer patient

On April 16, the Jay Smiley Memorial Golf Tournament will be at Cherokee Rose Country Club. Proceeds will go to help Valerie Gosseck, who is battling cancer. She is employed at the Hinesville Wal-Mart and married to Hinesville police Officer Mike Gosseck. The entry fee is $50 per player with cash prizes of $400, $300 and $200 for the top three teams. For more information on playing or sponsors, call 912-876-5503 or 912-977-1860.

Rodeo in Statesboro

STATESBORO — Kiwanis Club of Statesboro will have its sixth annual rodeo April 15-16. Tickets cost $12 in advance for adults. At the gate, adult tickets will cost $16. Tickets for children are $7 for ages 6-14 in advance and $11 at the gate. Younger kids get in free with an adult ticket.

The rodeo will be at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds, 16942 Highway 67. Advance tickets are available at Anderson’s General Store, 23736 Highway 80, Statesboro.

Swing for Re-entry tourney

The Liberty County Prison Re-entry Coalition is hosting a golf tournament April 23 at Taylors Creek Golf Course on Fort Stewart. The fee is $50 per person or $200 for a four-person team. Mulligans are $5 each. The fee includes greens fees, cart, lunch, beverages and door prizes. Hole sponsorships available for $100. Corporate sponsorships are $500, silver level is $1,000 and gold level sponsors are $1,500. Register by April 18. Check in will be at 10:30 a.m. with lunch at 11 a.m. and start at 1 p.m. For more information call Kenneth Howard at 912-271-0505 or go to

Spring Special Olympics

Student athletes ranging in age from 8 to 21 will be competing in the annual Liberty-Long County/Fort Stewart Special Olympic Spring Games May 6. The games will be at Long-Bell Stadium/Track in Liberty Independent Troop Park, 607 E. Oglethorpe Highway, Hinesville. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. Everyone can support the athletes either as spectators or volunteers. Volunteers need to arrive by 9 a.m. For more information, email Debbie Tomkiewicz at or call 912-877-3112.

Savannah Scottish Games

SAVANNAH — The 40th annual Savannah Scottish Games will be on May 7 at Bethesda Academy.

The games feature traditional dance performances by highland dancers, traditional athletic events like the caber toss and hammer throw, border collie demonstrations, and a variety of Celtic art for sale.

The games will start at 9 a.m. and close with a ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 with student or military ID, and free for children 10 and under. For a schedule of events and more information, go to

200 Club Savannah Mile set for May 28

The Two Hundred Club of The Coastal Empire, a based nonprofit organization has scheduled its 11th annual Savannah Mile for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 28 in the historic downtown district. The course, which begins at the south end of Forsyth Park, will take participants down Drayton Avenue and finish up on Broughton Street. Registration is $15 through April 30, $20 through May 26, and $25 on May 27-28. All proceeds will go to assist The 200 Club fulfill its mission to assist families of law-enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders who die or suffer critical injuries in the line of duty. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Savannah donors – Mr. and Mrs. Richard Eckburg, Mr. and Mrs. John Kane, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Jepson – registration is free to all first responders and military participants. To register, please visit

To learn more about The 200 Club or the Savannah Mile, please visit, call 912-721-4418 or email

Soccer camp

Atlantic Calcio Academy and the Hinesville Gators have partnered again for the annual Elite Soccer Camp. It is set for 9 a.m.-noon July 11-14 at James Brown Park and is open to ages 6-17.

The program is designed to teach American players the skills of Italian soccer tactics. The program is coached by 2013 Georgia Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year and Atlanta Calcio Academy USA director Gavino Asteghene. The coaching staff also includes ACA International coaches David Sexton, Jason Christie, Mike Cedeil and Francesco Macri.

Registration includes a dry-fit camp T-shirt. The cost is $150 per player. Campers may also purchase a game ball for $15, which is $30 off the normal retail price. Register online at:

Swing for Reentry Golf-tournament April 23
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