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Basketball clinic scheduled

The Basketball School of Instruction is now accepting enrollment in

the Spring 2000 clinics beginning March 5 at Juanita High School in Kirkland.

The clinic is designed to build basketball skills and confidence. All

girls in grades five through 11 are invited to enroll. The clinic will be limited

to the first 50 girls to register.

The Coaches Tournament Series is planning two tournaments for later

in the spring, March 31- April 2 and May 19-21.

For more information or registration, call (425) 744-1860.

Special Olympics in Wenatchee

More than 350 athletes from across the state will be in

Wenatchee March 3-5 for the Special Olympics Winter Games.

Special Olympics athletes and unified partners will compete in

alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating and speed skating.

Unified SportsĀ® is a division of Special Olympics competition that combines

athletes with and without developmental disabilities. The athletes qualify for

the winter games in local and regional competition.

The weekend starts off with opening ceremonies taking place at 8

p.m. on Friday, March 3, at the WestCoast Wenatchee Center. The

ceremonies incorporate numerous Olympic traditions, including the parade of

athletes and entry of the Flame of Hope. The athletes will recite the Special

Olympics oath, "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Alpine skiers will make qualifying runs beginning Friday at 1 p.m.

at Mission Ridge. Competition begins on Saturday morning at Mission

Ridge (alpine), Lake Wenatchee Rec Club (cross country),

and the Wenatchee Riverfront Park Ice Arena

(skating). Admission to all events is free.

Special Olympics, an international organization with over one

million athletes and thousands of volunteers in more than 150 nations,

provides year-round sports training a competition for children and adults with

developmental disabilities. More than 6,000 athletes are involved in

Special Olympics Washington programs throughout the year.

For more information on the Special Olympics Winter Games, call

Cate Ervin at (206) 362-4949, Ext. 218.

Boating classes open to public

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Division 2, is offering

a series of recreational boating safety, equipment and navigation programs

to the public. The courses include "GPS Navigation," "Boating Skills and

Seamanship" and "Boating Safely."

Several of the programs take place weeknights, while others are held on

concurrent weekends at locations in Seattle, Renton and Maple Valley.

A small fee is charged for course materials and administration fees.

For more information, contact Division Captain Betty Hamilton at (425)

485-5776 or Flotilla Staff Officer/Public Education Bill Lynch at (206)

542-8433.

Mount Si grad to run for leukemia society

Leigh McKibben, a 1990 graduate of Mount Si and current

nursing student at Seattle University, will be participating in the San Diego

Marathon on June 4.

She won't be doing it for herself. McKibben is a member of Team

in Training (TNT), a program that benefits the Leukemia Society of

America (LSA). The participants run or walk marathons in honor of local

leukemia patients. Through their running, TNT members raise funds for the LSA

and support the society's mission to advance the treatment and find a cure

for leukemia and its related cancers.

McKibben is running for Alexander Barr, an

eight-year-old Carnation resident who attends Fall City Elementary. Barr was

diagnosed with leukemia in April 1997.

I've thought of completing a marathon, but needed the inspiration to

do it," said McKibben. "Alexander is

that inspiration. Whenever I don't feel like going out for my daily run, I

think about what he is going through. My challenge is nothing in comparison."

For the San Diego Marathon, McKibben will join about 300

others from the Washington-Alaska chapter and 4,000 team members from

around the country. Her goal is to raise $3,500 in donations by May for the LSA.

If you would like to support McKibben, you can send a

tax-deductible donation to the Leukemia Society of America, c/o Leigh

McKibben, 2030 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121. You may call her at (206)

992-5580 and she will send a donation form and self-addressed stamped

envelope for its return.

TNT is hoping to raise over $60 million this year. Over 75 percent

of the revenue directly helps patients and funds research, public and

professional education and community service. For more information on the

society, TNT programs and future marathon programs, call (206) 628-0777

or toll free (888) 345-4LSA.

SVYSA sets date for select soccer tryouts

Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association has set select soccer

tryouts for March 18 and 19. The tryouts will be open to girls born

between Aug. 1, 1982, and July 31, 1989; and boys born between Aug. 1, 1984,

and July 31, 1989. Times and locations for individual age groups will be

announced at a later date. ADP Information Night (to find out about the

program) is at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 6, at Chief Kanim Middle School.

For more information about the ADP program, access the

association's Web site at www.members.aol.com/svysa.

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