Sign-Up Begins For Youth Football

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Payson youth football and cheerleading registration is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Manny's Batting Cages at 1207 N. Beeline Highway.

Prospective players and cheerleaders must bring a copy of their birth certificates to the registration.

The registration fee is $70 for players and $60 for cheerleaders. Discounts are available for families who have more than one child participating in the program.

Players are assigned to leagues --ighty mite, minor or major --ased on a combination of their age and weight.

Youngsters from 6 years to 13 years old and weighing less than 115 pounds are eligible to participate. Ages are determined as of July 28, 2003.

Last year, 250 youngsters participated in the program. Also last season, Payson fielded six Central Arizona Youth Football Association teams - two in each age/weight division.

According to Payson youth football spokesperson Karen Schrank, Payson might add more teams this year because early registrations are on the upswing especially among the younger players. All new players will be drafted onto their respective teams July 26.

Practices begin on July 28. The season kicks off Sept. 6.

Call Schrank at 474-5613 or Angela Parker at 468-6482 for more information.

Youth rec under way

Youths who have competed fourth to 10th grades are eligible to participate in the town of Payson's youth recreation center being held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium. The program offers basketball, volleyball, table tennis, pool and a variety of other activities. The program is supervised by Will Dunman, David Daniels, LeeAnn Owens, Brandi Waugh and Darrin Grover.

The program continues until July 25. There is no fee.

Grand Canyon games June 20-22

Local athletes interested in participating in the Grand Canyon Summer Games can pick up booklets and entry forms at 76/Circle K's and Bashas' in Payson.

More that 10,000 amateur athletes are expected to take place in the games that will run from June 20 to 22 at various sites across the Valley.

The most popular sports are basketball, soccer, track and field and baseball. Competitions are also held in 34 other sports like arm wrestling, badminton, BMX racing, bowling, cycling, diving, flag football, synchronized swimming, table tennis, wrestling, weight lifting and others.

Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of age or ability.

Call (480) 517-9700 for more information.

Bashas' pitches in to aid Special Olympics

Be sure to stop by the Payson Bashas' store before June 30 to purchase an "Inspire Greatness" icon for $1. The money will benefit Special Olympics Arizona.

As part of the store's commitment to the state, Bashas' is setting a goal to raise $75,000 for Special Olympics Arizona.

"We've worked with great people at Bashas' for many years and we are consistently amazed at the level of dedication to our organization as well as others," Special Olympics Arizona executive Director Chris Hite said. "The Basha family and its employees genuinely care about Special Olympics and the well being of their fellow Arizonans."

Special Olympics has long provided sports training and competition for over 7,000 children and adults throughout the state of Arizona.

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