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• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 36 x September 7 - 20, 2017 x The Gift of Swimming will hold its 10th annual Run for the Gift 5K on Nov. 11. The event supports the organization’s mission to provide access to drowning-prevention resources and education for the community’s underprivileged, mentally or physically challenged, or otherwise disadvantaged. Since its inception more than 12 years ago, The Gift of Swimming has provided swim lessons to more than 3,600 children. Registration fees are $25 through Oct. 16, $30 after Oct. 16, and $35 on the day of the race. The 5K begins at 7 a.m. and will be followed by a free Kids Run and SeaWorldsponsored award ceremony with animal meet-and-greets. Top race participants in each age group win SeaWorld and Aquatica tickets. To register, visit www.run4acause. org/#!run-for-the-gift-5k/c1gca. For more information, visit www. SOUTHWEST SPORTS Orlando Magic representatives chose 20 women to represent the 2017-18 Orlando Magic Dance Team. Each dancer performed a pair of routines in front of a live audience at the Amway Center, compiled by Lauren Salinero and fans were able to watch online at and Facebook Live. The performances capped off an exciting audition process. Each of the finalists participated in rehearsals, physical fitness assessments and interviews with Magic representatives. Throughout the season, the dancers contribute at various community events and help put smiles on children’s faces. This season’s dancers are Bethany, Chenise, Cierra, Desiree, Erika, Jessica, Julia, Kara, Katrina, Kiki, Lauren, Lily, Mileyka, Nicole F., Nicole H., Nikki, Olivia, Robyn, Victoria and Zuli. (Front, l. to r.) Nikki, Katrina, Julia, Victoria, Nicole F., Cierra, Lily, Zuli, Kara, (back, l. to r.) Kiki, Robyn, Erika, Nicole H., Jessica, Chenise, Olivia, Bethany, Desiree, Lauren and Mileyka comprise the 2017-18 Orlando Magic Dance Team. ©Fernando Medina, Orlando Magic • REPLACEMENT WINDOWS • FRENCH DOORS • ENTRY DOORS • GLIDING DOORS an Andersen Company Our exclusive FIBREX ® composite material: is 2x STRONGER than vinyl INSULATES 700x BETTER than aluminum has a LONG LIFE CYCLE that reduces landfill waste Visit: *Limited Time Offer begins 9/1/2017. Minimum purchase of 3 windows and/or doors required. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases. Zero percent APR for 60 months available through third-party lender on approved credit only. See sales associate for details. License number available upon request.©2016 Renewal by Andersen of Central FL. PARTNER OF THE YEAR Sustained Excellence Schedule A FREE in-Home Consultation & Quote! 407-818-1023 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 0% APR • • for up to 60 MONTHS!* HUGE CASH • • • • • • or SAVINGS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Windermere resident Randy “RJ” Ruiz has been playing baseball since he was 6 months old, when he first could hold a bat. The Thornebrooke Elementary School student plays for Windermere Little League, where he was selected for its All-Star team for the past four years. Randy “RJ” Ruiz of Windermere joins the USSSA All American Showcase10u Atlantic Region baseball team. Ruiz also plays competitive travel baseball with the WBA Warriors. His latest accomplishment was being selected to the USSSA All American Showcase 10-U Atlantic Region team, which covers Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. He was one of 24 children chosen from thousands and played at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. His father, Randy Ruiz, is a former MLB player. Ruiz is on his way to following in his father’s footsteps. Beads for Beats Inc. representatives announced the Beads4Beats EnduRUNce 5K walk/run will take place Sept. 23 at 8 a.m. at Dr. P. Phillips Community Park. The not-for-profit organization, founded in 2011, helps terminally and chronically ill children and their families. “Beads” (bracelets) represent a circle of love that is given to sick children to help them remember that they are thought of and loved. “Beats” stands for keeping the heartbeats going for as long as possible. B4B anticipates more than 200 individuals and families participating in the run/walk. Its goal is to raise $10,000 to support its mission. Onehundred percent of the proceeds, after expenses, will be used for outreach services. For more information, call 407-394- 6567 or visit On Nov. 11, Give Kids The World Village will present its Challenge for Hope Walk, Run, Roll or Stroll. Formerly known as the Gingerbread Run, GKTW’s signature event returns for its ninth year with a new name. Challenge for Hope will celebrate the happiness that has inspired hope for thousands of children and families at GKTW. The day will include the Kid’s Zone, a Zumba dance warmup, and the 5K. Adult registration starts at $40 with juniors at $20 with a paid adult. Virtual Challengers can join the fun for $35. For more information or to register, visit pagenavigator/cfh_hmpg.html. A recent independent study provided compelling evidence that Girls on the Run is highly effective at driving transformative and lasting change in the lives of third- to fifth-grade girls. The program’s intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. Throughout the course of the 10- week after-school program, girls learn critical life skills, including managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others and making intentional decisions. The independent study was conducted by Maureen R. Weiss, Ph.D., a leading expert on youth development. “Girls on the Run participants scored higher in managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others and making intentional decisions x September 7 - 20, 2017 x 37 than participants in organized sports or physical education,” Weiss said. “Being able to generalize skills learned in the program to other situations, such as at school or at home, is a distinguishing feature of Girls on the Run compared to traditional youth sports and school physical education, and suggests that the intentional life skills curriculum and coach-training program can serve as exemplars for other youth programs.” For more information, visit www. Southwest Orlando is home to not one, but two national trampoline and tumbling medalists. Madison Marshall and Nina Vicker train at Stick-It Gymnastics under coaches Tyler Aycock and Stephen Raymond. Marshall, who lives in Provence and attends Bridgewater Middle School, brought home the gold CONTINUED ON PAGE 38