Larry Kennedy and his wife Joyce have come up with a unique idea that could benefit our town’s young baseball and soccer team members.
Their plan is to jump-start a “Shoe Exchange Program” at the Payson United Methodist Church where young athletes who have outgrown their basketball and soccer shoes can take them to be reconditioned and later passed on to others who they might fit.
Kennedy says it’s a way to provide shoes to young athletes whose parents might not have the financial resources to purchase new shoes each sports season.
Those who donate shoes will also be eligible to receive reconditioned ones as needed.
The Kennedys and other church volunteers will clean, disinfect and stock the donated shoes and then help distribute them.
In addition to taking in donated shoes, the Kennedys’ plan is to solicit some of the state’s sports figures to donate new shoes.
The shoe exchange program is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow, June 9, at the church located directly behind Ace Hardware.
For now, the program is being limited to baseball and soccer shoes, but if successful, could expand to other sports.
For more information, call the Kennedys at (928) 468-8887 or (928) 978-1882.
Payson High School pole-vaulter Keith Williams didn’t do as well at the Great Southwest Classic track and field meet as he had hoped.
Competing June 9 on the University of New Mexico campus, Williams cleared 14 feet to finish tied for 10th in the field of 18 invited athletes.
In the past, Williams has cleared 14 feet 6 inches.
Camp begins Monday
Aspiring basketball players have the opportunity June 11 to June 14 to improve their game under the tutelage of Longhorn head coach Joe Sanchez and retired Paradise Valley High School coach Bill Farrell. Members of the PHS varsity team will assist Sanchez and Farrell. The camp is open to boys and girls in grades three through nine. The camp will be held 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Wilson Dome. The fee is $40 per camper.
Farrell has hosted similar camps in the past, including a Spring Break Camp held in March.
Farrell is one of the most recognized and respected names in prep basketball circles, having reaped about every coaching honor possible.
Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 to register or go online to paysonrimcountry.com.
Morris tourney on deck
The Jack Morris Memorial tournament tees off 7:30 a.m., tomorrow, Saturday, June 9 at Payson Golf Course. It has been held each year since the former Payson High School football coach’s untimely death in 2004 as a benefit to raise money for the school’s football program.
The entry fee is $85 per player, which includes green fees, cart, food and prize money.
Prizes will include closest-to-the-pin awards on two par-3 holes, longest drive in the fairways and a hole-in-one prize on a pre-selected hole.
All donations are tax-deductible and a tax ID number is available.
For more information about the tournament, call Jack’s mother, Terry Morris at (928) 474-6353.