Yesterday afternoon, I found myself conducting a rather unexpected group bus tour of our community. Of course, the downtown area, the shopping district and many other places were bustling with activity. But it was slightly strange to drive into our top-flight sports facilities and see them looking like ghost towns. After all, it doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to hear the pop of tennis balls, the crack of a wooden bat or the cheering crowds at a hot soccer match, because those are sights and sounds that Sumter is well accustomed to. Our fields and courts are almost always filled—just try and get down Theatre Drive past Bobby Richardson Park and the Palmetto Tennis Center on a weekend!
With the summer beginning to wind down (calendar-wise, definitely not temperature-wise!), it is time for all of that to change. Fall sports registration is almost here! The Sumter County Recreation Department opens the doors for youth football, cheerleading, baseball, softball and soccer youth registration, along with adult softball, on July 30. Registration continues through August 16, with baseball and softball registration going until August 23.
The Recreation Department also offers a variety of activities for all ages year-round, including karate, shagging, clogging and more. For more complete information about programs, pricing and participation, please call the Sumter County Recreation Department at (803) 436-2248 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The department office is located at 155 Haynsworth Street and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It’s time to get those fields moving again with fall sports action!