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Showcases and spotlights local high school sports and sports leagues. Recreational resources are also reviewed.

Titans Baseball Tryouts are this Weekend

Titans Sports Academy will be holding its annual Baseball tryouts at Titans Sports Complex Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 25 – 27. The tryout will be run by Titans’ professional staff and the coaches of next year’s team will be in attendance. Teams for the following year will NOT be selected until after tryouts. The head coaches of the teams will be evaluating talent along with the staff. This tryout will be thorough and informative.

Click Here to Register Online

Titans Sports Academy is located at 1235 Kennestone Circle Suite A, Marietta, 30066.

 
 

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Braves fans can celebrate the season all summer long

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Atlanta Braves released a promotional calendar full of fan-friendly happenings, gate giveaways and exciting events for the 2014 season.

Prior to the July 27th matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Braves will hold a viewing for the 2014 National Hall of Fame induction and free poster gate giveaway for fans. Following their induction, the Braves will welcome Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux to Turner Field as Hall of Famers for the 2014 Alumni Weekend Aug. 8-10.

In continued dedication to honor the United States Military and Armed Forces, the Atlanta Braves will celebrate our service members by donning a new military-themed jersey in the 2014 season. After each game the jerseys are worn, the new jerseys will be auctioned online with the proceeds benefitting military-supportive charities.

  • July 19 vs. Philadelphia Phillies – The Braves will honor the US Marines (online auction to benefit United Military Care, Inc.)
  • Aug. 30 vs. Miami Marlins – The Braves will celebrate the US Navy (online auction will benefit The Shepard Center SHARE Military Initiative)
  • Sept. 19 vs. New York Mets – The Braves will honor the US Air Force’s anniversary (online auction will benefit the USO).

Some highlights of the promotional calendar include:

  • The Braves will commemorate the centennial anniversary of their 1914 World Series win over the Philadelphia Athletics when the Braves take on the Oakland A’s Aug. 15-17.
  • Other free giveaways include magnetic schedules, presented by Georgia Power, a Hall of Fame poster giveaway on July 20 and a NAPA cap on August 16.
  • Doggone-good event at Bark in the Park will be held on Aug. 31.
  • Every week at Turner Field throughout the regular season, fans will be dazzled by spectacular fireworks-filled evenings during Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Georgia Lottery, meet and greets with players of yesteryears during Alumni Sundays, a whirl around the infield for Kids Run the Bases, presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as well as free pre-and-post-game concerts.

Fans can also enjoy:

  • Coca-Cola Two-for-$30 Tuesdays: Two tickets for $30 in the Club Level Pavilion every Tuesday, fans save up to 50%.
  • Chevron Family Value Plan: Save Up to 40% and bring your family out to Turner Field with the Chevron Family Value Plan. Packages start as low as $69, and include: four game tickets, four hot dogs, four soft drinks, a parking pass and a $10 promotional card from Chevron.
  • All You Can Eat Seats: For as low as $50 for group tickets on Super Value games and $60 at the gate, fans can enjoy unlimited smoked BBQ sandwiches, chicken wings, all beef franks, potato salad, peanuts, popcorn, chocolate chip cookies, Coca-Cola products, and draft beers.
  • AAA Discount: Two Upper Box tickets for the price of one and $8 Outfield tickets with a AAA ID card.
  • College Discount: Two Upper Box tickets for the price of one with a valid college ID.
  • Military Discount: Two Upper Box and Outfield tickets for the price of one tickets with a valid military ID.
  • $1 General Admission: Available two and a half hours before every home game at the Turner Field Ticket Office.

Purchase single game tickets by clicking HERE, or contact the Turner Field ticket office, the Braves Clubhouse Store at CNN Center, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Free fishing rodeo at Lost Mountain Park

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Cobb PARKS Natural Resource Management unit staff will host the Annual Fishing Rodeo 9-11 a.m., Saturday, July 26, at Lost Mountain Park. Four age divisions will be offered: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12 and 13-16. Trophies will be awarded for the most fish caught in each age group as well as the five biggest fish overall. The event is free. Lost Mountain Park is located at 2334 Bells Ferry Road,Marietta. For more information, contact John Purcell at 770-55-8825 or john.purcell@cobbcounty.org.

 

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Atlanta Swim Academy Aims to be Atlanta’s #1 Aquatic Facility

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Bob Cutrone, Head Swim Teach Coach, and Brad Grzelka, Vice President

Atlanta Swim Academy has grown up with East Cobb. Since 1985 the aquatic center has taught the community’s children and adults to swim, as well as develop a love for the sport. Vice President Brad Grzelka literally grew up at ASA, assuming the leadership role from his parents who founded the center. Always evolving with the community’s needs, ASA is continuing that trend as it adds a SwimFit Club on August 11 to a full range of lessons, classes and swim teams.

With 250 swim team members, ASA identified that about 50 percent of its participants wanted to swim at home meets only and didn’t want the commitment of a competitive team. A parent survey revealed the need for a program that bridged the gap between lessons and a competitive team. So Grzelka and Bob Cutrone, head swim team coach, pioneered the SwimFit Club, an aquatic program that promotes fitness through regular athletic training while improving swimming technique in a fun environment.

Cutrone explains, “Members participate in workout sessions that include swimming, dry land exercises and stroke drills. Throughout the season, they can participate in SwimFit Club home meets, Fun Swim game days and club socials.”

Benefits of the SwimFit Club are a lower cost (compared to a swim team membership) and a minimum practice of one day per week (compared to multiple days per week for a team). ASA remains committed to providing a flexible practice schedule for all levels of both its SwimFit Club and swim team members. SwimFit Club members can choose one, two or three workouts weekly and attend any times listed for a swimmer’s ability level.

“We strive to be Atlanta’s No. 1 aquatic facility,” says Grzelka. “We offer the best possible service and staff, with 40 dedicated staff members. The aquatic business is also about cleanliness, and we are known to be one of the cleanest facilities around.”

In addition to the SwimFit Club, ASA offers swim lessons with more than 1800 participants currently enrolled. Summer stroke clinics are being taught from now until July 26. The ASA 2014-2015 Swim Team also begins on August 11. Both the Swim Team and SwimFit Club seasons last until May 22, 2015.

For more information about ASA’s new SwimFit Club or other programs/classes, contact ASA at 770-973-3120 or sales@atlantaswimacademy.com. You can also go to www.atlantaswimacademy.com. A $50 deposit will hold a membership for the new SwimFit Club.

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Feeding Time at the CNC is Saturday

Feeding Time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Saturday, 7/12/14. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of their resident animals as they are being fed. The fun begins at 4pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

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5-0: Cobb-bound Braves’ development passes planning commission

An aerial view of the Braves development

 

The Cobb Planning Commission approved a rezoning request for the proposed 74-acre Braves stadium and mixed-use development by a 5-0 vote on Tuesday, over objections from several attorneys.

The decision now heads to the Cobb Board of Commissioners for final action on July 15.

Planning Commission Chairman Mike Terry said it was clear the Braves are committed to building a quality 74-acre development.

With $300 million from the county, the Braves are building a $672 million new stadium adjacent to a private $400 million mixed-use development, both scheduled to open in 2017.

“They have more to lose than anyone in this and all of us, including the staff members, have a great desire to see this be successful moving forward,” Terry said. “So based on all of this and the wonderful and very strong recommendations that we got from our staff, I’m prepared to make a motion, and my motion would be for approval.”

Alston & Bird attorney Clay Massey objected to the zoning request on behalf of Genuine Parts Company, which is headquartered across the street from the development.

“Genuine Parts Company employs many, many, many people in Cobb County,” Massey said. “The proposal is to put an off-site parking garage directly across Circle 75 Parkway from Genuine Parts Company.”

Massey said while the company is a corporate sponsor of the Braves and is excited about the franchise moving to Cobb, the zoning request is wrong.

“It’s going to create a colossal traffic and congestion jam in front of Genuine Parts Company’s corporate headquarters,” Massey said.

A source familiar with the negotiations tells the MDJ that Genuine Parts has engaged in contract negotiations for the Braves to purchase “or otherwise encumber” its property and has opted to bring those real estate negotiations into the rezoning process.

The MDJ asked Braves zoning attorney James Balli for his thoughts.

“While we respect anyone’s right to speak, these are typically contract negotiations that should not be injected into the zoning process,” Balli said.

Mike Plant, the Braves executive vice president of business operations, said his franchise has had active discussions with Genuine Parts.

“We’re incredibly pleased that they’re one of our partners. They are a long-term partner of ours. We understand this process. They have an office complex there that’s been there for a long period of time. I think the thing that is a fact of interest, though, is the parking there, we haven’t defined exactly what it’s going to be.”

Existing zoning allows for a four-story parking deck on the site, Plant said.

“Whoever bought the property could build a four-story deck, so making sure you got all the facts and educating yourself with those. We’ll continue to have dialogue and discussion with them,” Plant said. “They are a valued partner of ours. This is all part of the process.”

Dahlonega attorney George Butler is representing Fairly Breezy LLC, which owns an adjacent lot off Cobb Parkway.

Butler objected to the rezoning as well and claimed the Braves offered to buy his client’s property for less than what he believes it is worth.

Ellen Smith, an attorney with Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman, said she represents the Waterford Place Condominium Association, a 120-unit development between Cobb Parkway and Circle 75.

Smith said the association’s 13.5-acre property was roughly the size of the property the Braves intend to use for parking.

“Since the announcement of the relocation of the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County, the residents of Waterford Place have sought to be informed and have a voice in connection with the project because without question the nature of their homes are going to be impacted,” Smith said. “The Atlanta Braves have politely and firmly brushed aside requests to meet and to discuss concerns ranging from safety to traffic, parking and attraction noise.”

Balli said Smith’s comment the Braves refused to meet with the condominium association was inaccurate.

“They required an in-depth meeting in February of this year before there was any concrete information to discuss,” Balli said. Balli said the association never called him requesting a meeting before Tuesday’s hearing.

“But I fully expect every concern voiced by them at the hearing to be addressed by the final development plan,” he said.

Jill Flamm, an officer with the East Cobb Civic Association, said her group was concerned a precedent would be set with the development’s master covenants overriding county code.

Terry included in his motion, however, the caveat that whenever there is a difference of standards between the Braves’ master covenants and the county’s development standards, the more restrictive of the two prevails.

“I think it’s a start,” Flamm said after the meeting. “I think we’ll see what happens before the Board of Commissioners.”

Plant called the vote another step forward.

“We’ve said from Day 1 this was a world-class ball park,” Plant said. “It’s going to be a world-class mixed-use development, and the two of those are going to coexist together. And they’re going to be life-changing, legacy, generational changes for Cobb County, and this was a big day for us.”

The property is now zoned general commercial, office high rise and office and institutional.

The Braves are requesting the property be rezoned regional retail commercial. The zoning classification is reserved for mixed-use developments exceeding 500,000 square feet in size and contain a combination of commercial uses, including office, retail and residential space.

The privately-owned development calls for:

• 630,000 square feet of Class A office space;

• 500,000 square feet of “upscale” retail space;

• 450 hotel rooms;

• 600 “luxury” multi-family residential units; and

• 100,000 square feet for a multi-use entertainment facility.

 

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Jon Gillooly, July 2, 2014. View the original article HERE.)

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Adult Fall Softball Registration Begins Soon

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Registration dates for the upcoming fall adult softball season with Cobb County Parks and Rec have been set. Returning teams (those that participated in the fall 2013 season) can register online beginning July 1st. To register online, team captains will need a ‘PIN’ number and ‘Log-in ID’. These can be acquired from their league coordinator.

In-person registration begins Tuesday, July 8 for returning teams and Thursday, July 10 for new teams. In-person registration will be held at the PARKS’ administrative office located at 1792 County Services Parkway, Marietta, GA 30008.

Registration will be held from 6 – 7:30pm both days. For more information, see the adult softball web page or call (770) 528-8860.

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Philip Lutzenkirchen, 23, was more than his brilliant football career

By Daniel Wilco

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Philip Lutzenkirchen played football. That’s how most people knew him. They knew him as the starting tight end for the 2010 Auburn national championship team. They knew him as the all-time and single-season leader for touchdown catches by a tight end at Auburn. They knew him from his game-winning catch from Cam Newton in the Iron Bowl in 2010. Or maybe they knew him before that, as the Lassiter High standout who was named to the 2008 AJC All State football team and was a PrepStar All-American.

But most people didn’t really know Philip Lutzenkirchen.

“Sports were his release from the world,” his sister Ann said. “He knew he could go there and be the man he wanted to be. He could go there and show his strength, he could be a leader. Sports were his passion. But I don’t think it’s what defines him. When people think of Philip they thought of football, but when he thought of himself, he just thought of this goofy kid.”

A goofy kid who loved Disney, anyone he met, and the platform sports afforded him. Such as the opportunity to inspire Bailey Moody, an 11-year-old girl from Atlanta who went from playing basketball for her school to being diagnosed with bone cancer in a matter of hours. Lutzenkirchen not only visited her in the hospital to lift her spirits, but, as with most people he met, he befriended the young girl as well.

His family recently learned that wasn’t a rarity.

“I found out he did so many things for people that we never knew about,” Ann said. “Now we’re getting calls from everyone saying he did so many things for them. He never bragged about that type of stuff.”

Philip Lutzenkirchen, of Marietta, died June 29 in a car accident. He was 23. Funeral services took place Thursday at 1 p.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church.

To know Lutzenkirchen only as the best tight end to ever play for Auburn is not to know him, his father, Mike, said. Sports might have been what people first knew Lutzenkirchen for, but it wasn’t what they remembered him by.

“That was his mantra. ‘I play football and that’s this thing that I’ve gotten good at, but it’s not who I am.’ He valued that he got his platform,” Mike said.

What people who knew him truly valued was what Lutzenkirchen did with that platform.

“Philip Lutzenkirchen was what every parent aspires their son to be,” former Auburn coach Gene Chizik said in a statement. “He was compassionate, determined, honorable and full of love, integrity and respect. In 27 years of coaching, I have come across what I would consider to be a few ‘rare’ young men. Phillip was certainly one of those ‘rare’ ones. He truly lived his life for other people and always found time to give to others.”

Lutzenkirchen’s football career came to an end shortly after he suffered a hip injury during his senior year. Recently, he had been serving as an assistant coach at St. James High School in Montgomery, Ala., where he was also working in a wealth-management firm.

But even before his days on the gridiron were over, Lutzenkirchen knew what he wanted his legacy to be. Ann remembers one thing her brother told her in the height of his football career.

“It’s cool people remember me for those plays,” he said. “But I really want them to remember me for the people I touched.”

Philip is survived by his parents Mary (Meier) and Mike Lutzenkirchen of Marietta, and sisters Amy, Ann, and Abby Lutzenkirchen of Marietta. He is also survived by his grandparents, Howard and Phyllis Skolak, of Aurora, Ill., and William Lutzenkirchen, of Davis, Ill.

Atlanta Swim Academy participated in 5th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

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On Friday, June 20, Atlanta Swim Academy participated in the 5th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. This worldwide event was held simultaneously at 11amEST in 26 countries. The event spreads water safety knowledge while also attempting to break the Guinness World Record for largest swimming lesson.

97 students met at Atlanta Swim Academy to attend this fast paced event, covering skills like safe water entry, breathing techniques, floats and dives. Ages ranged from two through adult, from first time lesson experience to swim team member. Everyone took away essential life saving techniques and reminders for their summer swimming ahead. Participants received a WLSL Guinness World Record Holder certificate and bracelet.

“People should take time to learn to swim so they can have as much fun as me,” said Emerson, age 8.

Atlanta Swim Academy’s full 30minute WLSL footage is viewable online. Look for more information next year on how you can be part of this record breaking event!

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