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PAL Judo classes

Marion PAL Judo will be starting new classes for boys and girls, men, and women from 6 years of age through adulthood on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s beginning May 7 at the Grant County YMCA.

Beginning classes for all will be Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Advanced and beginning Adult classes will be taught by retired Marion Police Officer, Bruce Bender; 6th Degree Black Belt in Judo and 4th Degree Black Belt in Jujitsu. Mr. Bender is a certified International Coach, Master Examiner and a 2X Masters National Champion.

Assisting Coach Bender will be: 3rd Dan Gary Amick, National Referee, 2nd Dan Black Belt Robyn Culley, licensed Indiana teacher and certified National Level Coach, and 1st Dan Black Belt Carlos Esparza, 4X Indiana State Champion, 4X Indiana Player of the Year and past member of the U.S. Elite roster.

Beginning junior classes will be taught by Coach Culley and Brown Belt Assistant Instructor Jason Endsley.

Recreational classes will be available for all ages with exercise and self-defense in mind. Competition classes will be taught for juniors and adults who wish to compete locally, regionally, and nationally.

For registration information please contact Grant County YMCA 664-0544 or at gcymca.org

Marion youth football sign-up

Marion Youth Football registration is underway for the 2019 season. There will be tackle football for 3rd/4th as well as 5th/6th grades. A summer football camp will also be held in  June and July with practices starting in mid July.

Applications will be available at all MCS elementary schools within the next couple of weeks.

For more information contact McCulloch Middle School Athletics director at 674-6917.

IWU basketball summer camps

Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball will offer four camps this summer and includes options for campers ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The first two camps of the summer are set for June 3-6. The Mini Fun and Skills Camp is for campers that are kindergarten thru second grade as of Fall 2019. The Basketball Academy runs on the concurrent dates and is for third thru ninth grade campers.

The Advanced Shooting Camp takes place July 15-17 for grades 4-12 and the Prospect Camp rounds out the summer camp schedule on August 24 for grades 9-12.

For complete information on camps – including registration, times, and cost – please visit the IWU men’s basketball camp page at iwucamps.com.

Taylor football prospect camp

The Taylor University football program has opened registration for its June 7, June 28 and July 12 prospect camps.

The camps cost $40 per individual and are open to any high school student-athlete set to graduate in the years 2020, 2021 or 2022. Individuals will participate in football agility and position-specific drills under the direct supervision of the Taylor football coaching staff.

The times for these camps are 6 to 8 p.m. and each camp will be held on Taylor’s practice field.

For additional info, please contact fbtrojans@taylor.edu, or visit athletics.taylor.edu/camps.

Marion girls basketball open gym

Marion girls basketball coach Lawrence Jordan and the Marion High School coaching staff will be having open gym for 5th thru 8th grade girls interested in developing their basketball skills. Workouts are on Tuesday and Thursday at McCulloch Jr. High Gym from 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

The mission this spring is to build a girls feeder program here in Marion and get younger girls and parents interested in the future of the Marion Lady Giant Basketball program.

The biggest mission is to get them the proper training, developing their ball skills and shooting, building team camaraderie and playing games.