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Sports Shorts/Sign-ups July 18

Registration open for Town of Hamburg multi-sport camp

The Town of Hamburg Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services will offer an exciting sports experience for boys and girls ages 5-12 in a one-week camp setting from Aug. 12-16. Participants can expect to learn and play more than 15 different sports from around the world in a US Sports Institute (USSI) Multi Sport Camp held on the grounds of the Recreation Center (former Nike Base) at 2982 Lakeview Road in Hamburg.Campers will attend the full week but have the option of attending a full day or a half-day (morning or afternoon) session and will participate in sports such as flag football, basketball, handball, hockey, cricket, rugby, bocce, soccer, tennis, badminton, volleyball, pillo polo, frisbee, baseball or lacrosse while learning team building and experiencing world cup action from international coaches. Registration can be completed in-person at the recreation office, over the phone at 646-5145 or online at Rates are for full day, $179; half day morning, $149; half day afternoon, $119. All children attending receive a T-shirt. For more information, visit the USSI website at

Hamburg Recreation, USSI flag football camp to be offered

Hamburg Recreation and USSI are offering a Flag Football Camp Aug. 12-16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for boys and girls ages 6-12. While it is not required, this camp is strongly recommended for children who plan on joining the NFL Football League run by the Town and Village of Hamburg Recreation departments. The fee for this camp is $89, with a $50 discount for those registered for the town or village NFL Flag Football League. Both camps are open to residents of neighboring communities, as well as Hamburg residents. Registration can be completed in-person at the recreation office, over the phone at 646-5145 or online at The USSI Flag Football Camp offers an ideal opportunity for participants to learn or enhance their skills and is open to children of all skill levels. The camp will focus on individual techniques and team tactics taught in a safe non-contact environment and concludes with USSI’s action-packed Super Bowl.

Character Chase 5K to run July 20 before Burgerfest

The Character Chase 5K, which helps fund character-centered programming that serves all sectors of the WNY regional community, will take place Saturday, July 20 starting 11 a.m. The event is designed to bring additional prominence to the quest for character excellence and serves to highlight the importance of physical activity and personal fitness as an appropriate complement to overall wellness. The tree-lined course runs through the Village of Hamburg ending just in time for the opening of Hamburg’s BurgerFest, where racers are treated to live music, food and prizes. Runners, walkers and even baby strollers are invited to participate. Registration check-in begins 9 a.m. Awards and prizes start 12:30 p.m. To register, visit online at For information on becoming a sponsor for this event or joining the Character Chase Committee, e-mail or call 202-0702.

Modified girls soccer camp to be offered in Hamburg

A girls soccer camp for middle school students will be held Aug. 6, 8, 13 and 15 from 4:15-6 p.m. on the turf at Hamburg High School’s Howe Field. Hamburg middle school girls modified soccer coach Joel Maxson will oversee the camp. The cost is just $20 and is open to all girls entering sixth to eighth grade in the fall. The camp will focus on fundamental foot skills and agility training. To register, complete the registration form found online at and send it to Hamburg High School, c/o Pegge Cook, 4111 Legion Drive, Hamburg, NY 14075. For questions, e-mail coach Maxson at

Registration for Empire Cup lacrosse tourney underway

Registration is open for tryouts for the 2013 Empire Cup from August 1-4 in Syracuse. Each region has a staff of three coaches, with a wide variety of experience in the sport, ranging from current professional players to Hall of Fame coaches. Due to this year’s late announcement, in order to be eligible for consideration for selection in the games, players must first register online and then make either one of the tryouts dates or participate in the first practice. Team practices will be limited to just three maximum sessions prior to the games in August. Tryouts, dates, locations and coaching staffs will be announced throughout the week of July 7. The State of New York is divided by county into six regional territories: Adirondack, Central, Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City and Western. Each coaching staff will oversee their squad from tryouts in July through the tournament in August. Registration information can be found online at

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