Will Session On Sportsmanship Include Shaking Opponent’S Hand?

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Maybe someone associated with professional basketball star LeBron James reads the sports pages of the Payson Roundup.

Only a day after I wrote in Extra Points a column critical of James’ refusal to shake hands with opponents following his Cleveland Cavaliers playoff loss to the Orlando Magic, I received an e-mail from what appears to be a public relations firm.

In the e-mail, which is a pitch for Weplay — an online youth sports site — it is written that an upcoming youth basketball camp James is set to coach at, “will teach kids the fundamentals of basketball team play, good sportsmanship and healthy habits.”

Wow, I wonder if the “sportsmanship” lessons will include shaking hands after a loss?

Last sign-up

A final Payson youth football registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, June 20, at Chapman Auto Center, 100 N. Beeline Highway. There, free hot dogs and drinks will be available and benefit raffles and drawings will be held.

The participation fee is $100, but scholarships are available for children who need financial assistance.

Practices begin Aug. 3 and the first games are scheduled for Sept. 5.

Parents, players and cheerleaders will notice at the sign-up the local teams will no longer compete in the Central Arizona Youth Football Association as they have for about a decade. Rather, Payson has shifted its membership to the Northeastern Arizona Youth Football Association (NAYFL) along with White Mountain area teams, Holbrook and Winslow.

Also, players will not be assigned to leagues based on their ages and weight. Rather they will participate on school grade level teams.

Participation this year is open to cheerleaders and players 6 years old as of Aug. 1, 2009 to those entering the eighth-grade.

Memorial tees off tomorrow

The Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament, which is open to all amateur golfers, tees off at 7:30 a.m., tomorrow, June 20, with a shotgun start at Payson Golf Course.

The entry fee is $85 per player, which includes green fees, cart, food and prize money.

“We need as many players as possible because the money is for the kids,” tournament director Gary Cordell said.

All proceeds benefit the Payson High School football program and to fund a scholarship that goes each year to a deserving PHS graduate.

Prizes will include closest-to-the-pin awards on all par-3 holes, longest drive in the fairways and a hole-in-one prize on a pre-selected hole.

The tournament golf committee is currently accepting other raffle prizes and hole sponsors. All donations are tax-deductible and a tax ID number is available.

For more information, call Cordell at (928) 970-1584.

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