Teaching to Tackle

Young footballers gamble on Gamble

MON 7/7

Are you ready for some football? Dolphins defensive back Trent Gamble is. And he's willing to teach a bunch of lucky kids essential gridiron pointers during his youth football camp,July 7 to 11 at the Westminster Sports Complex (3701 NW 44th St., Lauderdale Lakes).

The camp benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County and is open to kids between 7 and 17 years old. Cost is $240 per child, and Boys and Girls Club members receive a 30 percent discount.

"We want to give them a solid football foundation but also teach character and sportsmanship," Gamble says.

A number of Dolphin teammates will join him in offering instruction and guidance. All players will focus on hands-on training rather than making a token appearance or just signing autographs.

Morning sessions run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include noncontact football drills planned to increase athleticism, quickness, and technique. For kids who elect to sign up for the entire day's activities, lunch is served at 1 p.m. Afternoon sessions include canoeing and kayaking on Westminster's 25-acre lake until 4 p.m. -- because man cannot live on football alone. Call 954-777-3384. -- Russ Evans

FRI 7/4Table Tennis Trials

Ping-Pong all day long

Last year, New Timesreported on the amazing win of 13-year-old Ai Fukuhara over 18-year-old Sanae Sugita in the finals of the World Table Tennis Championship. If you missed that titanic bout, your turn has finally come around again. The U.S. Open Table Tennis Championship takes place at the Broward Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Last year, hundreds of ping-pong aces tried for the title, and this year should be no different, with Chinese TV broadcasting to hundreds of millions of people thousands of miles away and newspapers just a few miles away ignoring the event entirely. But that's the burden of table tennis. One may as well join a cricket team in South Florida. Oh! Or even an ice-dancing duo. Wait, wait! Better yet, get on a horse and carry around a dead goat like they do in Afghanistan! Tickets cost $10 Friday, $15 Saturday, $20 for both days. Call 954-765-5900. -- Dan Sweeney

WED 7/9Holding Court

Steppin' up to the plate for God

The Harlem Globetrotters of softball? That's the word on the street about the King and His Court, a four-man softball team that offers a competitive game and some high jinks as well. Eddie Feigner, the 78-year-old "king," emcees the event as his court takes the field and serves up blindfolded pitches, trick plays, and some good old-fashioned softball the way God intended it. Speaking of God, the King and His Court play the Coconut Creek Jesters of Winston Park Church in this game, and all proceeds go to benefit the Winston Park Church Building Fund. The game takes place at Sabal Pines Park (5005 NW 39th Ave., Coconut Creek). Tickets cost $5 to $10. Call 954-973-5933. -- Audra Schroeder

WED 7/9Strap On Your Speedos

World-class swimming is on the menu as the Speedo Championship Swimming Series' Southern Zone Sectional comes to the International Swimming Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex (1 Hall of Fame Dr., Fort Lauderdale) from July 9 to 13. Wednesday's competition consists of a single session starting at 4 p.m. Morning sessions Thursday through Sunday start at 9 a.m., and finals start at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $2 per session. Call 954-828-4580. -- Russ Evans

 
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