Just because school starts doesn’t mean your child has to stop being active! Registration for Southlake’s Youth Athletic Leagues for this fall and winter is now open.
Sign your children up for one of Southlake Recreation’s Youth Athletic Leagues and keep them active and happy while playing their favorite sports! Such as the Under the Lights Flag Football available to kids in grades 1st through 6th. Their season runs from early September to late October and will provide kids with a fun team building experience that will stick with them for the rest of their football careers.
Registration ends August 20th.
Fall Girls Volleyball, which is open to girls ages 6 – 12 is also offered. The volleyball program features practices, an 8 game season, and playoffs, giving your volleyball star the full experience! Jerseys are provided for each player and a set rotation guide is in place to make sure every player receives equal playing time!
Registration ends August 26th.
Don’t forget about Winter Basketball! This program, for kids 6 – 12, will keep your children energized and excited as they play their way through an eight game season with playoffs! An excellent team builder, Winter Basketball ensures that every player gets their chance to play on the court while encouraging friendly competition!
Registration end October 21st.
For more information call (817) 748-8019
or go to SouthlakeParksandRec.com
The Southlake Arts Council, APEX Arts League, the City of Southlake and Miracle League of Southlake are partnering to present the Celebration of The Arts and Sports exhibit with artwork featured by Southlake artist, Lamberto. Artwork will be on display in the Southlake Town Hall Lobby from September 7 through October 17.
The exhibit will debut with a gallery reception on Sunday, September 7, from 3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. in Southlake Town Hall Lobby. Children and adults are invited to attend the reception and the exhibit which are free and open to the public.
The reception will include special music performed by the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas. The Institute was founded in 1968 by Dr. Schinichi Suzuki and Dr. Evelyn Hermann to provide musical training to children, beginning at the age of 3. Violin, viola, cello, piano, muisc theory, composition and harp are the classes offered at the school, which today has close to 300 students enrolled.
You will also enjoy chic ball field refreshments caterd by Central Market. While you enjoy refreshments, music and art, you will also receive updated information about the Texas Rangers Miracle League Field in Southlake, the community recreation center that will break ground for Phase 1 on September 27 and all the Apex Presents 2014-2015 Season.
Does your daughter dream of becoming a Lady Dragon Volleyball player? The Southlake Parks and Recreation Youth Volleyball program has been teaching volleyball skills to new and experienced players for over 15 years! Your daughter can learn and develop the techniques necessary to one day join the Lady Dragons on their State Championship run.
Two different leagues ( Division I & Division II) and three age divisions (8 & under, 10 & under and 12 & under) are offered to match the skill level of all players. Division I is for players who are more advanced and want an opportunity to sharpen their skills in preparation for school try-outs in the fall. Only team registrations are accepted for this league; and teams must provide their own coach and jerseys. Division II is a fun, recreational league that introduces the sport to new players! Individuals are placed together on teams and paired with volunteer coaches. Be sure to indicate if you are interested in coaching when registering your child
The top teams from each age division will also qualify for the T.A.A.F. regional and state championships in late May. Southlake teams have a history of success at the championship tournament with Southlake’s own Team Glenn taking the state championship in the 10U age division in 2013.
The registration deadline for both divisions is Wednesday, February 26th by 5:00 p.m. The cost is $385 for Division I teams and $60 for Division II individuals. Practices will begin the week of March 17th, and games will start on Saturday, March 22nd.
Youth Flag Football
Not ready for football season to be over? Come play in one of the area’s most popular leagues of flag football! Participants, ages 6-12, will learn the fundamentals of one of America’s favorite pastime this spring with the City of Southlake.
All participants must register individually by Wednesday, February 26th. The cost to register is $60.00 per player (price includes a football jersey). Games will be played primarily on Saturdays at North Park, Southlake’s newest park, or Bob Jones Park and there will be one practice per week. Each team will need a volunteer coach, so please indicate if you are interested in coaching when you register your child.
Each team in the league will participate in a tournament at the end of the season. Teams will compete for an opportunity to advance to play in the State Championship. Last year, Southlake teams brought home the championship trophy in the 10 & under and 12 & under divisions.
You can register online or in person at Town Hall, 1400 Main St, Suite 210. For more information, please call Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.
Mack Morgan, Preston LeJeune and Kenny Hill are truly game changers in Southlake.
These Dragon student athletes are making the biggest impact of all, not with their respective sports team, but with the work they’re doing to impact those in need. The Dragon trio founded Play It Forward Southlake, a group of student athletes aiding the equipment needs of athletic organizations across the Metroplex. From Mesquite to Arlington and Fort Worth and in its own community, Play It Forward Southlake is pumping new excitement into sports groups.
Play It Forward Southlake collects new and gently-used sports equipment, refurbishes and then distributes to organizations, teams, clubs and individuals in financial need. The experience for these Dragons spearheading the program is showing the servant-hearted spirit of students dedicated to helping others. The non-profit organization, which began in 2010, hopes to leave a legacy for future students.
The idea for Play It Forward Southlake came about after Morgan and LeJeune joined a trip with fellow friends who started Play It Forward Keller. After seeing the impact of donating equipment to Safe Haven in Arlington, Morgan and LeJeune were changed by the experience and started the Southlake group with Kenny Hill.”
“The delivery that made the biggest impact on me was the time Mack and I joined the Keller PIF (Play It Forward) guys at Safe Haven,” LeJeune said. “All of the kids were just amazed that it was their equipment to keep. Most of them had never had much in the way of equipment that just belonged to them.”
Last year, Play It Forward Southlake may have made its biggest impact. The Miracle League of Arlington, a baseball league for children with disabilities, was in need of baseball equipment. The field house for the league’s equipment burned and all the bats, gloves, baseballs and everything was lost. With the combination of Play It Forward Keller and the Pro Players Foundation, a donation drive helped replenish all the lost equipment. The groups collected two trailers full of equipment. The sadness of the lost bats and other items was replaced by an overflowing of generosity.
“Sometimes, I think we get more out of it than the folks in need,” Morgan said.
The impact of helping others is the game changer. Morgan and his fellow classmates see that. They have recruited student athletes Alex Johnston, Cam Manning and Bryce Wasserman to join them. Play It Forward Southlake has donated equipment to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Worth and Mesquite, the Miracle League of Arlington and Safe Haven of Arlington along with other student athletes in Carroll ISD and others in the area.
The program has been supported by Carroll athletic director Kevin Ozee, the Carroll Athletic Booster Club and district advisor Dr. Mary Johnston, Old Union Elementary principal and Alex’s mother. The Old Union campus includes a Play It Forward donation bin and the elementary students regularly contribute to the program. The bin remains at the school year-round and is usually loaded with sports equipment ready to be donated.
“I’ve been impressed with the boys’ dedication in serving others,” Mary Johnston said,” and you can see the good it does for others that aren’t able to play sports without the generosity of others.”
LeJeune and Hill recently reached out to the Old Union campus to show their appreciation. They stopped by and thanked all the little Dragons for their donations, took pictures with the students and emptied the barrel. That’s the kind of impact these students are having. As the idols of the younger generation of Dragons, they hope the future Dragons carry the momentum of this program.
So, where do the high school students store all the equipment? Garages were overflowing and the Pro Players Foundation, a group of athletes and community leaders that assist disadvantaged youth, provided a local storage unit to house the equipment.
Having a full storage unit is a good problem. Because Play It Forward Southlake is producing game-changing student athletes.