Get moving at Chicago's Sports Festival

December 17, 2010 1:25:43 PM PST
It's time again to run, jump, play and even get competitive at Mayor Daley's Chicago Sports Festival

The festival goes until Sunday, Dec. 19 at McCormick Place in Halls A & B, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4p.m. For more information, visit www.explorechicago.org.

Sports fest activities include a 40-yard dash, floor hockey, martial arts demos, acrobatics, footbag, pop-a-shot, adult fitness area, football, skate park, badminton, golf challenge, table tennis, baseball, gymnastics, tumbling, tennis , boxing, inflatable tumbling, tots zone, climbing walls, field hockey, jump rope, volleyball, dancing, kids golf challenge, wrestling, obstacle course, soccer and more.

The Half-Time stage is the place to be for those who like to be entertained as well as interact with performers and make new friends. Join the After School Matters Hip Hop Culture group, Radio Disney, and B-96. There will be a special "Mascot Mixer" at 2 p.m. on Sunday. These lovable characters, representative of many professional sports teams, will be at the festival for meet and greet and to take photos

Sanctioned tournaments that require pre-registration include volleyball, floor hockey, chess, gymnastics and basketball. There will also be a badminton tournament hosted by World Sports Chicago.

Visit the Bulls/Sox Training Academy at the festival. It's a fun, safe and invigorating environment that teaches the games of basketball, baseball and fast pitch softball, maximizing skills and building the self-esteem of each boy and girl.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will host an all-ages chess tournament and there will be instructors on site for beginners. CPS will also host the action-packed Holiday Hoops Basketball boys and girls tournament as well as tennis clinics. The basketball tournament features eight teams, and the tennis zone offers mini interactive tennis clinics for kids.

Adults and children alike can visit the Fitness Area presented by the Mayor's Fitness Council. Certified fitness instructors will lead classes in cardio kickboxing, salsa aerobics, pilates, yoga and more.

World Sports Chicago returns with archery, badminton, fencing, team handball, rowing, judo and wrestling, just some of the expected activities that kids can try.

Sports Fest 2010 marks the two-year anniversary of the Chicago Paralympic Development Program as a partnership with USA Paralympics and over 13 other partner organizations.


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