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Baseball camp
The Concordia Cougar Baseball Program welcomes all boys and girls, ages 7 and up, to attend the Cougar Kids Baseball Camp. The camp will be held in Geiseman Gymnasium at Concordia University, 7400 W. Augusta St., in River Forest.

The camp will be conducted for four weeks on Friday evenings in January and February. Each session will be two weeks in length, with session one running on January 14 and 21, and session two running on February 11 and 18. The areas of focus this year will be hitting and pitching. The hitting instruction will be given by Joe Karasewski, Concordia's hitting coach. Pitching instruction will come from Spiro Lempesis, Concordia head baseball coach, and Jim Paduch, former Cougar player and 12th round draft choice of the Cincinnati Reds in 2003.

Participants between the ages of 7-10 will attend from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The session for ages 11 and up will be from 8:30 to 9:45 p.m. Cost per session will be $70.00. Sign up for more than one session and receive a $20.00 discount.

There are a limit of spaces in each session, so early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact Spiro Lempesis at 209-3125.

Football camp
The 23rd Annual Justin Gage/Revie Sorey All Pro Football Camp featuring Jerry Azumah returns to River Forest this summer at Concordia University.

The camp features Non-contact instruction by the nation's top NFL pros and high school & college coaches.

All positions & all levels of ability are taught to boys 10 -18

Although enrollment is limited, the camp is now taking applications.

For questions or additional brochures, call us at (708) 474-2440. Or go to 

Winter soccer training
OPRF Strikers Soccer Club will again host its wintertime soccer training "ACORN Academy" on Sundays in local area gyms running Jan-Mar 2005 for young players ages 7-11 (birthdays between 8/1/93 & 7/31/97). Training is provided by professional soccer coaches/trainers. Sessions held on Sundays (There are 11?#34;1 hr. sessions). Cost $135.

There are still openings for this program.  Please download an application at For more information, 771-5269.

Strikers tryouts
The Strikers Soccer Club will be holding tryouts for two of its boys spring teams on Sunday, Jan. 23. The boys U11 team (birthdays between 8/1/93 - 7/31/94) and the boys U14 team (birthdays between 8/1/90 - 7/31/91) each has several openings. Tryouts will be held at OPRF High School.

Please call Kathy at 771-5269 for time and location information.

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