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Publication: East Valley Tribune; Date: 04/06/2005

Lace 'Em Up
Golf event will raise funds to help at-risk youth

- To submit a sports-related announcement send a fax to (480) 898-5665 Items can also be mailed to the Tribune, Attn: Billye Jill Paulson 120 W. First Ave., Mesa 85210.

Positively Speaking Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by former Arizona Cardinals player Ray Perkins in June 2002, works with underprivileged and atrisk youth.

An annual golf tournament is a major fund-raiser for the foundation ? which sponsors various youth camps and educates kids on the dangers of drugs and alcohol and the advantage of staying in school. This year?s event is scheduled for April 16 at Longbow Golf Course in Mesa. Cost is $120 and sponsorships are also available.

PSF has a free football clinic scheduled for May 14 at Arizona State for ages 8-18. Campers will receive a T-shirt, meet celebrities and be treated to lunch. A summer camp in Pinetop is also scheduled for June 6-9 for boys ages 13-18. PSF will pay half the costs.

To register for the golf tournament or for more information call (480) 671-3226 or visit www.positivelyspeaking.org.

Also going on in Scottsdale, the East Valley and elsewhere:


? Summer camp for boys entering grades 4-12 will be Monday through Thursday, June 1-29 at Mesa High School. Call Shawn Lynch at (480) 472-5855 or visit www.mpsaz.org/athletic/

? Arizona State women?s coach Charli Turner Thorne will conduct summer camps as follows: team session, June 10-12, grades 9-12; individual session, June 13-16, grades 6-12; day camp, June 20-23, grades 3-8. Visit thesundevils.collegesports.com/camps/wbaskbl.html or call (480) 965-6086.

? Phoenix Suns All-Star Amare Stoudemire will host his second annual youth camp from June 27-30 at Desert Ridge High School in Mesa. Stoudemire will be joined by some of the league?s premier players and coaches, the nation?s top college and high school coaches, along with basketball instructors from national basketball programs. Enrollment is open to ages 8-18 and costs $350 per person. Visit www.amare32camp.com.


? Tryouts for the Desert Storm Elite Cheer squads (junior: 6th-9th grade; senior: 12th grade and under) will be April 11, April 13 and April 15 at 9445 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite No. 2 in Scottsdale. Tryout fee is $40 due at registration, which will take place one hour before the tryouts. Call (480) 391-0164, (602) 501-2329 or visit www.desertstormelite.com.


? Mesa Eastern Pop Warner will begin sign-ups April 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Room of the fire station (southwest corner of Mesa Drive and First Street, behind the station). Other sign-up dates are May 21, June 18 and July 9. Call (480) 844-6111 or visit www.mesaeastern.com.


? Scottsdale Quarterback Club presents the seventh Gail Scott Memorial Charity tournament May 21 at Star Fire Country Club in Scottsdale. Registration is $90. Call Dave Berman at (480) 391-3653.

? A tournament to benefit Tempe Charter schools will be April 23 at Troon Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler. Cost is $150 per player. Call Terrie Kolker at (480) 529-1540 or visit www.egolftourney.com/ocotillo.


? Marcos de Niza cross country camp will be in Flagstaff, from July 25-31. Cost is $200 per camper and covers lodging and all meals. Contact coach Eric Smith at (480) 560-6511.


? A Hershey track and field meet will be at 6 p.m. April 29 at Highland High School. The national program designed for children born 1991-1998 features running events at 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600 meters and the 400 relay. Field events include the softball throw and standing long jump. Registration is being accepted through April 26 at the Gilbert Parks and Recreation office at 70 E. Civic Center Dr. Entry fee is $3 per event for Gilbert residents and $4.50 per event for non-residents, with no more than two running events permitted. Children who finish in first or second place in their event will be invited to compete in the district track meet May 14 at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale. Call (480) 503-6200.


? Drop-in tennis is offered Monday through Thursday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa?s Gene Autry Sports Complex. Tennis lessons are also available beginning April 11. Call (480) 644-2149 or visit www.Autrysportscomplex.com. The United States Tennis Association Southwest Section (USTA) named Gene Autry Sports Complex its member organization of the year for 2004.


? Bronze certification is required this year for Regional and National USAW events. Arizona USA Wrestling is hosting a Bronze Certification Class on Sunday. Contact Tyler Brandt at (480) 720-5750 or brandt.tyler@chandler.k12.az.us.

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