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Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott

Area star comes home

FLINT — Former University of Michigan pitcher, Flint Central grad and long-time major league baseball player Jim Abbott will host a Pitch, Hit and Run clinic for kids ages 7-14 on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Broome Park, 3201 Hammerberg Rd.

“We are honored to be a part of these events and are so pleased that Jim Abbott will be spending time with local youth sharing his inspirational story. Jim has been a great supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint for many years and truly believes in supporting his home town,” said Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater FlintJamie Gaskin.

Pitch, Hit and Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. The event is designed for youth who will compete in three events: pitching at a target with a designated strike zone, hitting off a stationary tee for distance and accuracy and a timed running event from second base to home plate. Awards will include certificates for the winners and the possibility to advance to a sectional competition. Registration required.

Details:, or 810-249-3413.

On Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Abbott will then move over to the Flint Public Library, where he’ll talk, participate in a book sale to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint and the Flint Public Library and sign copies of his recently released memoir, Imperfect: An Improbable Life. Admisssion is free. Details: 810.232-7111 or www.fpl. info. — M.S.

Baseball signup set up for youth league

FLINT TWP. — The Bendle/Carman-Ainsworth Community Education Program has a wealth of programs available regardless of residency that include a 7-8 year old coach pitch baseball league from May 29-June 28 for $60 including shirt and hat or $75 including shirt, hat, pants and helmet. Games will take place at Carman- Ainsworth middle school at 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, playoffs are scheduled for July 10 and 12 followed by the final game and a picnic on July 14 and make-up games will take place on July 3. There will also be a 7-8 year old Player/Coaches clinic at CAMS on April 28 from 10-11:30 a.m.

With pre-registration required by April 25, the same details apply to a 9-13 year old baseball league, except that this Players/Coaches clinic takes place on April 28 from 12-1:30 p.m. All participants must provide a physical. Details: 810-591-3600 or http:// activenet13. /bendleainsworth. — M.S.

Bobcats to hold fundraiser

GRAND BLANC — Head coach JD Wheeler and the Grand Blanc baseball team will host their annual skills clinic for kids ages 5-12 on May 5 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the varsity field, 12500 Holly Rd. Cost is $50 including a hot dog lunch before hand, each attendee needs to bring their own bat, glove and baseball hat and every player will get written feedback on the five tools of the game, which include fielding, hitting, catching, pitching and speed. This event is open to athletes regardless of residency and all proceeds will benefit the Bobcats baseball program. Details: 810-348-2865 or — M.S.

Dare Devil Dash returns in July

BROWN CITY — The 2012 Dare Devil Dash is already accepting registrations for the July 28 race at Brown City Park. Runners will face mud, water and more than one dozen obstacles. New this year is the Little Dare Devils one mile, entry fee of $10, the individual 5K race costs $35 and the four-team 5K race costs $120. The first 100 to sign up get a free race T-shirt. To sign up visit or www.GoRaceGo. com. All proceeds will go the community and civic programs in Sanilac County and surrounding areas. — L.P.

Annual race is back once again

BURTON — On May 19, Faithway Christian School is hosting the Lions Mane Event 2012, which is the school’s annual fundraiser and will feature a 5k run/walk, a 1 mile run/walk, a Kids Fun Run and a new military-style obstacle course. There will also be activities and entertainment throughout the day and this event is open to the public. Details: 810-625-4791 or — M.S.

Basketball session on the calendar

GRAND BLANC — On June 19-21 the Bobcat Basketball Academy will hold its Summer 2012 session in the Grand Blanc High School Gymnasium from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for $35. Camp is open to first 50 boys that register, sessions are open to all boys entering grades 3- 6 and all fundamentals and drills will be executed under the instruction of the Grand Blanc boys basketball coaching staff and players. Details: or http:// boysbasketball. grandblanc. high. — M.S.

Register for FJGA through May 13

GENESEE COUNTY — The Flint Junior Golf Association opened its on-line registration April 9 and will take entries through May 13, with play beginning June 18. On-line registration will be accepted by logging onto and following the registration directions. Registration forms are also available at King Par and participating golf courses. — M.S.

LakeVille seeking basketball coach

OTISVILLE — LakeVille is accepting applications for the position of head varsity boys’ basketball coach. Anyone interested may contact athletic director Joe Beckwith at 810-591-4039 or by e-mail at — D.N.

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