University of South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp will be the featured speaker at the Horry and Georgetown County Gamecock Club Spring Meeting on May 10 at Crown Reef Resort, 2913 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Muschamp will be available for autographs beginning at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $35 and include a sit-down dinner at 6 p.m. A cash bar will also be available. There will be a raffle for prizes.
Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased from any Horry or Georgetown Gamecock Club member. Contact Kellah Webster at (843) 347-7688, (843) 458-9483 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Brent Swain at (843) 997-0695 or email@example.com or BJ Bryant at (843) 333-0927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pickleball tournament planned in Conway
The Rivertown Pickleball Tournament will be held March 12 at the Conway Recreation Center.
The tournament begins at 9 a.m., and will be a mixed doubles tournament with a double elimination format. Entry fee is $15 per person ($10 per person for Conway Recreation Center members). Deadline to register is March 10. Participants may register online at www.ConwayParksandRecreation.com or in person at the Conway Recreation Center.
Open Pickleball is available at the Conway Recreation Center on the following days and times: Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.–noon; Wednesday from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Friday from 1 p.m.– 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Anyone who wants to learn more about the sport is invited to come. Cost for nonmembers is $5 per session. Call (843) 488-1950.
Frisbee coming to Conway
Conway Parks, Recreation and Tourism will hold an information meeting for anyone interested in participating in the Adult Ultimate Frisbee League on March 17 at 6 p.m. in the Conway Senior Center. Information will be discussed on rules and regulations, schedules, and team entry fees. Deadline to register is March 18.
Also, a league information meeting for anyone interested in participating in the 2016 Adult Church Softball League will be held March 24 at 6 p.m. in the Conway Senior Center. Information will be discussed on rules and regulations, schedules and team entry fees. Deadline to register for this league will be April 8. Visit www.conwayparksandrecreation.com or stop by the Conway Recreation Center. Call (843) 488-1950.
High school rodeo comes to Conway
RES-LES Farms, 1208 Gilbert Road, Conway will host the second annual S.C. High School Rodeo March 11 and 12.
Admission will be $10, with youngsters 5-years-old and under being admitted free. Also, students who quote a Bible verse, will be admitted for $5.
The gates will open at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights with the rodeo starting at 8 p.m. More than 100 competing students and their families are expected to attend.
Call (843) 241-3155, email email@example.com, or check out SC High School Rodeo in Horry County on Facebook.
Free seminar planned for Conway
The Conway High School Sports Medicine Program, in conjunction with the National Football League and the American Heart Association, will host a free “Back to Sports" seminar for youth sports coaches and the parents of youth sports athletes on March 12 from 10 a.m.-noon at Conway High School.
This free program will educate parents and youth sports coaches about youth wellness and basic sports safety to help keep kids safe and healthy and having fun while playing the sports they love.
Topics included in the program are concussion awareness and proper equipment fit, heat and hydration, cardiac arrest and proper response, and prevention of pediatric overuse injuries.
Participants will also receive free information to take home with them.
Call or email Dr. Jim Berry at (843) 488-6191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Myrtle Beach Speedway races televised
HTC is providing exclusive coverage of select, local Myrtle Beach Speedway races live at www.htcconnect.com and HTC Digital Cable Channel 4. Streaming video of the races will begin live most weekends. The races will simultaneously broadcast on HTC Digital Cable Channel 4. A schedule of races, along with the link for audio and video of the races, can be found on www.htcconnect.com. Just click on the links to watch the races live.
Contact Tom Vitt at (843) 369-8559 or Sandy Hendrick at (843) 369-8161.
Fitness challenge planned
In recognition of the McLeod Health 110-year celebration, McLeod Loris will hold a Fitness Challenge April 23 beginning with the 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. and a one-mile Fun Run at 8:10 a.m. The races take place at the Center for Health & Fitness, 3207 Casey St., Loris.
Overall prizes valued at $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded to the top three overall male and female winners. Medals will be awarded for each age division. The cost to participate is $20 if pre-registering (April 16 deadline), $17 for McLeod Employees and Military Personnel. Registration cost on the day of the event is $25. Cost of the 5K includes a Run/Walk t-shirt and participation medal. The Fun Run cost is $5 for an individual and $10 for a family. All monies raised will go to the Children’s Miracle Network, benefitting Children’s Services at McLeod Loris Seacoast. For questions, call (843) 390-8325. Online registration is available at www.itsyourrace.com. Race day registration will be available from 7 a.m.-7:45 a.m.
Sports Classic planned
The Waccamaw Sports Classic will be held April 8 at Coastal Carolina University.
The Sports Classic is an annual event for active seniors ages 50-100 and on up. The regional event is for interested seniors who live in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties. Sports Classic competition games include: softball throw, horseshoes, corn hole, shuffle board, bocce ball, pickleball, track and field events and a golf tournament.
The early registration fee is $6 before Tuesday, and includes lunch and a t-shirt. To obtain a registration form or to find out more about the event visit www.waccamawsportsclassic.com or contact Kayla Ives Russell (843) 436-6123 or email@example.com.
Golf tournament planned
The Beachcomber Shrine Unit will host its sixth annual golf tournament April 2 at River Oaks Golf Plantation. Registration starts at 7 a.m. and play begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The tournament features a captain’s choice format with four-man teams. Cost per player is $50 or $200 per team and includes cart, greens fees, and additional free round of golf, refreshments and dinner afterwards. Prizes for winning teams, longest drive, closest to pin be awarded as well as other door prize drawings. Contact Greg Bullock at (843) 448-5811, Rusty Watson at (843) 685.5540 or Cameron Batten at (843) 465-1130.
Bank provides tickets to non-profit organizations
TD Bank will provide approximately 1,750 Myrtle Beach Pelican tickets to local non-profit organizations in Horry and Georgetown counties through its the Community Corner program.
Entering its sixth season, the Community Corner program presents tickets for all 70 Pelicans home games. Each night, a non-profit organization will receive 25 tickets in the reserved box seating area at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. As part of the unique night out at the ballpark, the name of the organization will also appear on the video board during the game.
Non-profits interested in joining the TD Bank Community Corner program are encouraged to contact Hunter Horenstein at (843) 918-6003 or by email at Hunter@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.
The 2016 season will be the 18th season for the Pelicans franchise and second as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For ticket information, call (843) 918-6000, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.
Host families needed
The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach will play host to The Victorian Kookaburras baseball team from Melbourne, Australia, at its annual Surf’s Up Tournament the week of July 10-15. Nineteen host families are needed to help accommodate the 38 players from three teams, one 14U and two 16U, and serve as ambassadors for Myrtle Beach during their trip.
“Australian teams have participated in our tournaments for the past five summer seasons,” said Bobby Holland, general manager of The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach. “This serves as a great opportunity for the domestic teams present that week to face international competition. The Australian teams typically display unprecedented sportsmanship during the tournament, as The Kookaburras are the epitome of what travel baseball and good sportsmanship is all about.”
For more information on becoming a host family or ambassador for the Victorian Kookaburras, contact Bobby Holland at (843) 213-2705 or email@example.com.
Basketball tournament upcoming
The USA National Prep Basketball Tournament will be held March 3-5 at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possum Trot Road, North Myrtle Beach. More than 50 prep school basketball teams from South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Indiana, Maryland and New Jersey will compete in the tournament. Admission is $12 per day, $20 for a two day pass, or $30 for a three day pass. For a list of teams and tournament brackets, visit www.usanationalprep.com.
Registration underway for youth football
Registration will be held through March 5 for a new Spring Youth NYFO Football Program coming to Myrtle Beach this spring.
All registration details and information about the league are on the website and boys and girls can sign up at www.playnyfo.com. Search for Myrtle Beach.
Sign your child(ren) up for an exciting, enjoyable, educational, noncontact, 5-on-5 or 7-on-7 football team.
All ages, 8U, 10U, 13U, 15U and 18U are eligible to participate
Have a fall team? Sign them up as one. Teams are accepted to compete.
The league is a skill-based, one-hand touch football league that uses skills from area coaches and NFL players to bring skill to a child’s game.
The season begins the first weekend in April and ends the last weekend in May or first weekend in June. All kids who sign up are placed on a team.
The purpose is to provide excellent coaching and mentoring to youth interested in not only having fun, but also learning to better themselves in specific positions, getting them ready for full contact football in the fall.
Volunteer coaches are needed and may sign up to coach or volunteer on the website.
Player evaluations not on a team will take place soon after registration ends so children can be placed on the team that’s the best for them.
Any questions can be directed to the website or by emailing Kevin, league commissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Run for the Children planned
The fourth annual Derrick Law Firm Run for the Children will be held March 19 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Conway Marina.
Registration fee is $25, and participants who sign up by March 16 will receive a t-shirt. After the deadline, t-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers as well as the top three male and female winners in each age group: under 19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65 and up.
Registration will run until the morning of the race. To preregister, visit www.runsignup.com/race/sc/conway/derricklawfirmrunforthechildren5k.
Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Mentoring Program of Horry County.
Marathon Weekend is here
The 19th annual Myrtle Beach Marathon Race Weekend will be held March 3-5. Participants from all 50 states and eight countries are expected.
The event begins today with the HTC Runner’s Expo from 6-9 p.m. Expo hours for tomorrow are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The Ripley’s Fun Run begins Friday at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Bojangles 5K at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s events begin with the National Anthem at 6:15 p.m., followed by the Wheelchair/Crankchair race at 6:25 a.m. and the full marathon at 6:30 a.m. The Half Marathon and ABC 15 Marathon Team Relay begins at 6:30 a.m.
Advantage Games planned April 2
The Reggie Sanders Foundation’s second annual Advantage Games will be April 2 at TicketReturn.com Field in Myrtle Beach. Participants, volunteers and sponsors may sign up free at www.reggiesandersfoundation.org.
In addition to the Advantage Games, there will be a Legends Never Fade Celebrity Softball Game featuring Hall of Fame Coaches Tony La Russa and Bobby Knight against Coastal Carolina Coach Joe Moglia and President Dr. David DeCenzo to raise funds for autism. Tickets for the game are available at www.reggiesandersfoundation.org. Use the coupon code RSFCARES to receive $5 off.
Military Card set giveaway planned
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Embrace Hospice are welcoming applications for the third annual Military Card Set Giveaway. The presenting sponsor, Embrace Hospice, is a Florence-based hospice center that will be giving away sets to the first 1,000 fans through the gates prior to the May 21 game against the Lynchburg Hillcats. This year’s military appreciation day falls on Armed Forces Day. Thirty-six veterans will be selected for the card set, with a focus on Korean War veterans.
Veterans are encouraged to apply either in-person at the Pelicans‚ front office at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark or online at (https://experiences.offerpop.com/campaign/?experience=565cc128990e6d0d254670d6). All applications must include an active duty photo and are encouraged to be local to Horry County.
The 2016 season will be the 18th season for the Pelicans franchise and second as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Call (843) 918-6000, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.
Annual tournament planned
The 33rd annual National Retired Military Golf Classic will be held May 31 through June 4. All players must be retired military members of any branch of the uniformed services and/or their spouses.
The 2016 tournament begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start each day, and will be played at the Myrtle Beach National Golf Club South Creek and West, Pine Lakes, Burning Ridge, Pine Hills at Myrtlewood Country Club, Wild Wing Resort and The World Tour. The tournaments are four-person scrambles of four flights (A, B, C and D players).
Visit www.oceanaresorts.com/nrmgc or call toll free 1-877-840-8464.
Junior Golf Shootout returns
One of Myrtle Beach’s most popular golf tournaments returns Easter weekend when Myrtle Beach National hosts the 13th annual Junior Golf Shootout from March 25-26.
During the course of the two-day tournament, more than 100 boys and girls, ages 10-18, are expected to compete.
Any boy or girl between the ages of 10 and 18, as of March 25 is welcome to sign up for the tournament. The tournament costs $135 per golfer and includes two guaranteed days of play, daily lunch and a tee gift. Interested golfers can register anytime before the first round on March 25.
Call (843) 448-2300 or visit MyrtleBeachJuniorGolf.com.
Charity golf tournament planned
This March local golfers will have the chance to pair up with some of the NCAA’s top men’s golfers and compete to win the General Hackler Collegiate-Am tournament.
On March 11, the Dunes Golf and Beach Club will host the charity golf tournament as part of the 15th annual Coastal Carolina Hackler Championship presented by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. The Collegiate-Am is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start.
Each team will consist of four players and a collegiate player from a participating university. In addition to course play, all teams will also receive a sponsorship hole sign with the logo and/or message from the participating team, recognition in the Hackler Championship program and tee gifts and prizes. Following the Collegiate-Am teams and players will enjoy a dinner and awards banquet in the Dunes Club ballroom.
Limited spots still remain for interested teams. To register a team of four, the cost is either $1,350 or $1,250 (does not include hole signage). All proceeds from the Collegiate-Am will go to benefit the Coastal Carolina golf program.
Those interested in participating in General Hackler Collegiate-Am can contact Rhett Graham at (843) 349-2893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 15th annual Coastal Carolina Hackler Championship presented by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday returns to the Dunes Golf and Beach Club the weekend of March 12-13, and features eight teams ranked in the latest “Golf Week” NCAA Top-50 rankings, including the sixth-ranked North Carolina University Tar Heels.
Professionals to visit Grand Strand
A number of former professional athletes will be at The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach youth baseball and softball complex next summer as part of the celebrity ambassador series lineup for the 2016 tournament season. Legendary ambassadors include National Baseball Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr., Andre Dawson and Fergie Jenkins, as well as USA Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch, who will headline two weeks of girls’ fast-pitch softball tournaments at the facility.
The 2016 Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach tournament ambassador series will offer weeklong participants the opportunity to meet former Major Leaguers and hear stories and life lessons based on their professional experiences. Big league notables slated to make an appearance include: June 12, High Tide Tournament, Tim Hudson; June 19, Summer Slam Tournament, Cal Ripken Jr.; June 26, Beach Blast Tournament, Phil Niekro; July 3, Tidal Wave Tournament, Andre Dawson; July 10, Surf’s Up Tournament, Brett Saberhagen; July 17, Big Kahuna Tournament, Fergie Jenkins; July 24, Ocean Breeze Tournament, Reggie Sanders; July 31, Wave Rider Tournament, Bobby Richardson; and Aug. 7, Hang Ten Tournament, Tommy John.
Also, the Summer Slam (June 19) and Ocean Breeze (July 24) tournaments will feature former University of Arizona and Team USA fast-pitch softball legend Jennie Finch.
Visit www.ripkenbaseball.com or call 1-888-RIPKEN-1.