Local sports news briefs

Compiled by Gary Budzak - gbudzak@aimmediamidwest.com



Miles for Smiles 5k

The 5th annual Miles for Smiles 5k Run/Walk, presented by North Orange Family Dentistry, will be held on Saturday, July 28 at North Orange Park in Lewis Center. Proceeds from the race benefit the Free to Smile Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting and sustaining comprehensive, quality surgical and dental services to underprivileged children throughout the world.

Last year over 130 adults and children participated in the 5k, raising over $3,500 — enough to provide surgical treatment for 12 children. The event begins at 7:50 a.m. with the Kid’s Dash, followed by the 5k Walk/Run at 8 a.m. Participants who register before July 11 will receive a race t-shirt. Learn more about the race and register at https://runsignup.com/milesforsmiles.

Local equestrian to join elite club

Nancy Wentz of Galena will be inducted into special group of senior dressage riders and horses on July 13 or 14 at the Mid Ohio Dressage Classic competition at the Brave Horse Complex in Johnstown, OH. The ages of Nancy and her horse, Grenadine, qualify them to become members of The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club.

The Century Club recognizes dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more. Nancy is 75 years old, and Grenadine is 25. In addition to having ages totaling 100 or more, horse and rider perform a dressage test of any level at a dressage show and are scored by a dressage judge. The Dressage Foundation provides a Century Club ribbon and wall plaque to each horse and rider team. Local dressage clubs, family and friends help to make the ride into a celebratory event.

The Century Club was formed at The Dressage Foundation in 1996, at the suggestion of noted dressage judge and instructor, Dr. Max Gahwyler. The intent was to encourage older dressage riders to remain active in the sport. Since that time, the Century Club has grown into a meaningful and popular endeavor and has over 300 members to-date.

Dressage is a word drawn from the French verb for “to train.” Dressage is both a method of training horses and a competitive sport, and is designed to develop correct movement in the horse.

TDF’s Century Club is sponsored by Platinum Performance. “At Platinum Performance horse health is our mission. Since 1996, we’ve been committed to providing high quality equine nutritional supplements that are developed, tested, and made with care to ensure results. Visit www.platinumperformance.com/equine for more information.”

For more information about The Dressage Foundation or the Century Club, please contact Jenny Johnson, Executive Director at (402) 434-8585 or visit www.dressagefoundation.org.

The Dressage Foundation

The Dressage Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt, donor-driven organization that is dedicated to supporting and advancing the sport of dressage. The organization solicits contributions, appropriately allocates the donations, and awards grants and scholarships to dressage riders of all ages and levels. For more information, please visit www.dressagefoundation.org.

BW’s Bickley continues volleyball

Big Walnut High School graduate Sammi Bickley recently tweeted, “Beyond blessed to announce that I have verbally committed to play Division I volleyball at Appalachian State University, big thanks to my family, coaches and friends for the constant love & support! Go Mountaineers.”

Lacrosse player in Delaware (state)

Big Walnut coach Steve Palmer recently tweeted, “Congrats to incoming freshman BW laxer Peyton Deverso who is representing team OHIO in the Maverik National Lacrosse Tournament in Frederica, Delaware next month…Go up there and show them what Big Walnut & Ohio is all about in the sport of Lacrosse.”


Compiled by Gary Budzak