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Karate, tai chi classes begin Dec. 3

Karate, tai chi classes begin Dec. 3

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Acworth Parks and Recreation will hold karate classes for children and tai chi classes for adults beginning next month.

The karate lessons are for children ages 4-10 and are taught by certified instructors, including a 7th degree black belt. The cost is $65 for Acworth residents and $70 for non-residents.

Karate classes are held at the Roberts School Community Center on Mondays and Wednesdays through Jan. 30. Participants can choose between a 5:30 p.m. session and a 6 p.m. session.

Tai chi is a calmer form of martial arts. Acworth's classes are designed for people who are at least 21 years old. The cost is $87.50 for residents and $92.50 for non-residents.

The city will host beginner's classes on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Intermediate classes will be Mondays at 6:30 p.m., while advanced classes will be Mondays at 7:30 p.m. All three sessions will be at the Roberts School Community Center, and will run through Jan. 29.

Teacher brings sports lessons in the classroom

Teacher brings sports lessons in the classroom

MARIETTA, Ga. -- On a recent afternoon, third graders at Eastside Elementary in Cobb County practiced running hurdles from Kevin Young - 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400 meter hurdles.

He towered over them, but his lesson on hard work and focus reached the level their teacher Kim Judge wanted them to learn.

"You need to make a schedule; you need to stick to it. You need to be organized," said Judge.

Judge continually talks of athletics.

"I've always been involved in sports. Basketball was my favorite, and track," said Judge. "If I didn't have the education component and do well in school, then the track would have been much more difficult."

She made all-conference at North Carolina State University for track and cross country.

As a teacher, she's big on sports lessons, such as teamwork.

"One person doesn't decide the outcome. Everybody has a certain role to play," said Judge.

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

Win a 1-year membership to a Canongate Golf club

Win a 1-year membership to a Canongate Golf club

ATLANTA -- On Monday, Canongate Golf rolled out an initiative to get Georgians to go outside and play -- preferably on the links -- this summer.

This "Play" platform encourages metro Atlanta residents to spend some time outdoors, now that summer break is in full swing. The movement centers around an Environmental Protection Agency statistic, which says that Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors.

"At Canongate, we believe that golf can truly have a positive impact on the quality of life and have seen its effects firsthand through our members," Canongate Golf president and CEO Joe Guerra said in a statement. "We have challenged ourselves to create an array of programs and packages that make the sport more accessible and enjoyable for the entire family."

To celebrate the Play program, Canongate is giving locals a chance to win a free one-year membership to any of its 23 clubs throughout the metro area.

Kickball registration open through June 8

Kickball registration open through June 8

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Registration for this year's Horizon Kickball League will close on Friday, June 8.

Horizon Kickball League is designed for adults and children ages 5 and up who have developmental and physical disabilities. It is sponsored by Acworth Parks and Recreation.

Children's games are held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., while matches for players ages 13 and up are Thursdays at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Registration for the kickball league costs $15. To sign up, contact Lauren Ham at 770-917-1234 or lham@acworth.org.

Canongate hosting league for budding golfers

Canongate hosting league for budding golfers

ATLANTA -- Canongate Golf has announced plans for a summertime PGA Junior Golf League for children under age 13.

The league is designed to give budding golfers a less stressful environment to learn the game, practice and compete.

Get more information about the PGA Junior Golf League.

The price for the five-week league session is $165 for Canongate members and $200 for non-members. Registration closes on Sunday, May 6.

Canongate owns 23 golf clubs throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia, most of which will participate in the junior league program.

Bentwater Golf Club (100 Golf Links Drive)

Windermere Golf Club (5000 Davis Love Drive)

Hamilton Mill (1995 Hamilton Mill Parkway)