Originally incorporated in 1955, the Pensacola Sports Association (PSA) is a private not-for-profit agency and one of the oldest sports commissions in the country.
PSA's annual events include the Pensacola Double Bridge Run, Annual Awards Banquet, High School All-Star Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball and Baseball games, Senior Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet, Racquet Roundup tennis clinics, Bud Light Charity Challenge Tennis Tournament and Pensacola Marathon.
Third Annual Pensacola Kick Start Soccer Camp August 5-7
Free Beginning Soccer Clinic for 1st - 5th Graders
The Pensacola Sports Association, Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Escambia County Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Pensacola Neighborhood Services Department are pleased to announce the dates of the Pensacola Kick Start Soccer Clinic, a free soccer clinic for area youth. From Tuesday, August 5 to Thursday, August 7, first through fifth graders can participate in a beginner soccer camp aimed at introducing the sport to local youth, provide quality soccer instruction, and provide a healthy, free, safe activity during the summer.
The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon all three days, weather permitting, at Brent Football field, 4711 N. "W" Street.
Every participant will receive a free youth soccer ball and shin guards upon completion of the camp.
Early registration is preferred, but day of camp registration is permitted.
On Thursday, June 19, the Pensacola Sports Association joined the Little Free Library movement. They became one of the estimated 15,000 worldwide locations to contain a Little Free Library. The location is at the Pensacola Sports Associations’ office building, 101 West Main Street.
The idea for Little Free Libraries began in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, filled it with books, and placed it on a pole in his front yard. The idea quickly spread and there are now Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and over 40 countries.
The Pensacola Sports Association Board of Directors donated the first collection of books to be used in the library. Although running out of books is rare, P.S.A. will be responsible for restocking the shelves.
“We are very excited to be part of the Little Free Library program and anticipate a lot of activity at our location,” said Ray Palmer, Pensacola Sports Association’s Executive Director. “We decided to join the program as a way of serving the community and to give something back. We hope this will help bring our community closer together and improve literacy and education. The people at P.S.A. appreciate and care about their community and want to contribute to the betterment of it.”
A Little Free Library is a small, free-standing structure intended to promote reading and literacy through free book exchanges. Their founding principle of “take a book/return a book” tells you everything need to know about how to use the libraries. The concept is simple, if you take a book, return one. Anyone can use the libraries and individuals are encouraged to share their favorite literature with the community.
If you want to learn more about Little Free Libraries visit their website at http://littlefreelibrary.org/ or if you are interested in donating sport themed books to P.S.A. please call 850-434-2800 or stop by the P.S.A. office.
BUD LIGHT CHARITY CHALLENGE TENNIS
Registration Opens Friday
The 2014 Bud Light Charity Challenge Tennis Tournament will be October 17-18 this year and registration is now open for this popular event. Play begins on Friday and the party starts there, too; complimentary meals and refreshments and a good time on the courts make this a sell-out every year. A great event benefiting ARC Gateway again this year; we are proud to be able to support this worthwhile organization.
Make it easy on yourself and register early by clicking on the link at the end of this story. Only 60 women's teams and 60 men's teams will be entered - don't miss your chance!