UNION COUNTY — The fall soccer program at the Union County YMCA not only provides children ages 3-13 with the opportunity to learn about and play the game, but also to experience character development including how to be a team player.
Monday, Sept. 11 is the last day to register for the YMCA’s fall soccer program which gets under way with the start of practice on Monday, Sept. 18 . The first games will be played Saturday, Sept. 30 with competition continuing through the last week of October or the first week of November.
The program is for children ages 3-13 who, according to YMCA Director Scott Sandor, not only learn about the game, but also about building character.
“Our fall soccer program focuses on skill development and a lot of times it’s an introduction to team sports for the children,” Sandor said. “Our program places an emphasis on being a team player and character development. It is competitive, we do keep score, but the focus is not on winning but being a team player and skill development.”
Sandor said the registration fee is $55 for YMCA members and $65 for non-members. He said the registration fee covers everything about the program including the participating child’s uniform, the trophies that are awarded, and the end of the season party.
For more information about the YMCA’s fall soccer program call the Union County YMCA at 864-427-0668.
Monday is also the last day to register for youth and mobility impaired deer hunters wanting to participate in deer hunts that will be held in the Upstate this fall.
Youth Deer Hunts
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and a number of private individuals are co-sponsoring several youth deer hunts in the Upstate region this fall.
These events will be a part of the SCDNR’s Take One Make One program, the agency’s youth mentoring program. Special youth deer hunts are scheduled Dec. 2 at various locations. The application may be found at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/youthhunting/youthhuntingapp.html. The deadline to return applications is Sept. 11.
These special hunts are designed for a growing number of youth today who don’t have a parent, relative, or close friend that can provide them proper exposure to the hunting experience. Participants will be required to complete a short training course on gun safety, go to the rifle range at their assigned hunt locations and fire the gun they will be using during the hunt. Appropriate firearms will be provided for those who need them. An adult of at least 21 years of age is required to accompany each youngster at the rifle range and during all hunting activities. Lunch will be provided by ATDO Ministries prior to the hunt for all youth and their parents.
No costs are associated with these special hunts. Parents or a legal guardian must sign a liability wavier form along with the participant. Young sportsmen and sportswomen who think they might like to attend one of these special youth deer hunts this fall are encouraged to download, complete, sign, and return an application as soon as possible.
Mail applications to: Upstate Youth Deer Hunt, 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, SC 29379. For further information call (864) 427-5140 or visit http://www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/youthhunting/youthhuntingapp.html.
Mobility Impaired Deer Hunts
Mobility impaired deer hunters will again be treated to a unique opportunity to attend two special deer hunts this year. The hunts are scheduled for Oct. 27-28 in Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union counties, and on Nov. 3-4 in Laurens and Newberry counties.
Applications are available at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) website at www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/mobilityhunt.html. Completed applications must be received at the Union SCDNR Office by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11. For more information, call the Union SCDNR office at (864) 427-5140 or visit www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/mobilityhunt.html.
Applicants may apply for one or both hunts. There is no application fee or other cost associated with these hunts. Hunting will take place on Friday afternoon and the following Saturday morning of each hunt. Hunters will meet their hosts at a noon lunch on Friday and will then disperse to their assigned hunt sites.
Applicants are restricted to persons who are permanently and severely mobility impaired. These include only those who are permanently confined to a wheelchair, persons permanently requiring the use of a mechanical aid (walker. braces, cane, etc.) to walk, or persons with complete single or double leg amputations. Each hunter may be accompanied by one other person who can assist them in a non-hunting capacity only.
These special hunts are co-sponsored by SCDNR, which will handle the application process and notification of successful hunters. A number of generous landowners and managers will accommodate hunters on their properties this year during these special hunts.
A number of organizations are also co-sponsoring these events through financial support or assistance in various other ways. These co-sponsors include the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Georgia Pacific Corp., Carolina’s Fence Association, South Carolina Disabled Sportsmen, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Sprinkle Prosthetics, the Upstate Warrior Solution, South Carolina Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers Association and the SCDNR’s Take One Make One program (www.dnr.sc.gov/education/tomo/index.html.) There are also a significant number of volunteers whose assistance is vital to the success of these events.
Bantams 2017 Fall Schedule
It’s September, and that means it’s time for softball season and the USC Union Bantams Softball Team has a busy fall schedule ahead of it with games to be played this month and well into October. Those games will be played on the following dates at the following locations:
• Saturday, September 23
Dillon — Double Header
Game 1: To Be Announced
Game 2: To Be Announced
• Saturday, September 30
Home — Double Header (7 innings)
Game 1: 1 p.m. vs. Patrick Henry Community College
Game 2: 3 p.m. vs. Patrick Henry Community College
• Sunday, October 1
Home — Double Header (7 innings)
Game 1: 12 p.m. vs. Carolina Diamondbacks
Game 3: 2 p.m. vs. Carolina Diamondbacks
• Saturday, October 7
Home — 4 Game Round Robin (7 innings or 1:40 time limit)
Game 1: 10:30 a.m. Full Count 16U vs. NC Pride
Game 2: 12:30 p.m. USC Union vs. Full Count 18U
Game 3: 2:30 p.m. USC Union vs. Full Count 16U
Game 4: 4:30 p.m. Full Count 18U vs. NC Pride
• Sunday, October 8
Home — Double Header (7 innings)
Game 1: 1 p.m. vs. SC Rage
Game 2: 3 p.m. vs. SC Rage
• Sunday, October 15
Columbia College — Double Header
Game 1: 1 p.m. vs. Columbia College
Game 2: 3 p.m. vs. Columbia College
• Sunday, October 21
Claflin University — Double Header
Game 1: 1 p.m. vs. Claflin
Game 2: 3 p.m. vs. Claflin