40 x November 17 - 30, 2016 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com Central Florida’s new Minor League Baseball team announced its name — the Florida Fire Frogs. The name is a result of hundreds of submissions throughout the summer during the team’s “Name the Team” contest. It also released its 2017 Florida State League schedule and announced the sale of season seat memberships. The Florida State League team, formerly the Brevard County Manatees, will move from the Space Coast Stadium into its new home at Osceola County Stadium in 2017. A glowing red frog ablaze with flames is the centerpiece of the team’s new identity, surrounded with traditional lettering to make up its primary mark. Its colors are fire red, navel orange and golden sun, and fans will find a variety of alternative logos on the team’s website and merchandise store, including the horned bull frog, a fun nod to the community’s rodeo heritage. For more information, visit www. floridafirefrogs.com on the web. The United States Tennis Association Florida Section Foundation’s “Play Tennis” specialty license plate provides funding for grants. The United States Tennis Association Florida Section Foundation, the official giving arm of USTA Florida, awarded 23 community tennis programs a total of more than $25,000 in grants to city parks and recreation, schools, junior programs, after-school programs, tennis centers and tennis SOUTHWEST SPORTS compiled by Lauren Salinero associations. Among the recipients were two Orlando organizations. Southwest Middle School received a tennis equipment grant to provide tennis as part of its physical education curriculum and afterschool program. Central Florida Tennis Association also received an equipment grant for a Tenis Para Todos (Tennis for Everyone) program at Fort Gatlin Tennis Center. For more information, visit www. ustafloridafoundation.com on the web. Residents who want to get groovy can join in 3.1 miles of peace, love and goodwill at the Hippie Dash 5K & Flower Child Fun Run in Gulfport, Florida, on April 1, 2017. Participants are encouraged to dress in their grooviest threads for a chance to win a righteous prize. Vintage VW bugs will be on display, free beer will be served at the finish line, awards will be given for best outfits, and a disc jockey will spin Woodstock’s best music selections. Those who are unable to travel can sign up to run the race virtually and still earn official bling and a T-shirt. For more information and to register, visit www.racersignup.com/hippie-dash/ on the web. For the seventh year in a row, the Clerks for a Cure team participated in American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, an annual event held at Lake Eola Park to raise money and awareness to help find a cure for breast cancer. Clerks for a Cure exceeded its goal of $2,500 and raised $3,910 for this year’s event. Since 2010, the first year the clerk’s office participated in the walk, the Clerks for a Cure team has raised nearly $70,000 for cancer research.
“Almost every one of us has been touched in some way by this terrible disease,” said Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell of Southwest Orlando. “This is why the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is such as important cause.” The SunRidge Middle School boys soccer team started its season with the goal of defending its championship run of two consecutive years. It went undefeated to win the division title and made it to the semifinals. Before its loss in the semifinals, the team went an unprecedented 25-0. The SRMS girls soccer team defended its 2015 district title, closing the season with second place in the district. Although we try to ensure that all information presented above is the most current, correct and dependable available, we do rely on others for the source of our news. Therefore, the Southwest Orlando Bulletin and Kearney Publishing Corp. cannot be held responsible for the validity of the information presented here, nor does mentioning it constitute an endorsement. Sports information is welcome and may be mailed to P.O. Box 851, Windermere, FL 34786; or emailed to Lauren@ kearneypublishing.com. ª www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x November 17 - 30, 2016 x 41 The SunRidge Middle School boys soccer team goes undefeated to win its division title. The SunRidge Middle School girls soccer team places second in the district. Medplex B 7350 Sandlake Commons Blvd. Suite 3322 Orlando, FL 32819 THE HEARTBEAT OF THE COMMUNITY