Gaithersburg plans to celebrate youth activity at SportsFest -- Gazette.Net


This story was corrected on July 15, 2014. An explanation follows the story.

Local children will lace up their sneakers and head to a Gaithersburg park Saturday for a morning of sports activities and challenges.



When: 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg

Cost: Free

For information: 301-258-6350,

In an effort to celebrate youth sports, the city’s Gaithersburg Sports program will host its second annual SportsFest from 8:30-11 a.m., inviting children entering grades K through 8 to engage in healthy and positive physical activity.

The event will take place at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave. It is sponsored by the Gaithersburg Giants and British Soccer. Admission is free and participants do not need to be registered in advance.

A 1K Fun Run through Bohrer Park will kick off the event at 8:30 a.m., followed by challenges in baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball and track and field.

With a focus less on winning and more about being active, Gaithersburg Sports is looking to use the event to showcase its program and the opportunities it offers to the area’s youth population.

“Our philosophy is based on participation. We want the kids to come out and play,” said Dave Ludington, the city’s senior recreation program supervisor. “Each child will receive a card, and if they go to all of the stations, then they’ll receive a medal at the end.”

Last year’s inaugural event, which was held during the afternoon hours, drew only about 120 children due to excessive heat, Ludington said. This year, the event has been shortened and moved to the morning, with the hope of attracting more than 250 participants.

“Our motto is ‘Fun happens here,’” Ludington said of the Gaithersburg Sports program. “That’s our goal.”

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Gaithersburg Giants and British Soccer are programs within Gaithersburg Sports.