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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2005 10:42 am | Updated: 7:43 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Former University of Arizona star and Olympic gold medal winner Jennie Finch will join Ballpark Arizona for a one-day softball clinic, Oct. 17 at the Horizon Park fields in Scottsdale.

The clinic, for players 8 and older, will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Of all the special events we’ve done at Ballpark Arizona, this is probably the most exciting," Ballpark Arizona managing partner Steve Wille said in a press release. "Jennie Finch is one of the top players in women’s softball and perhaps the most well known."

Finch, who was a member of the U.S. Olympic softball team that captured the gold medal in the 2004 Games, will also sign an autograph for each camper.

Ballpark Arizona is an indoor baseball and softball training center.

"I love to give back to softball," Finch said in the press release. "And getting the opportunity to pass along the skills I’ve learned to younger players is fantastic."

The clinic, which will also feature other former college and current professional players, costs $99 and has a limit for the number of campers allowed.

For information, call (480) 425-7275 or visit www.ballparkaz.com.

Also going on in Scottsdale, the East Valley and elsewhere:

BASEBALL

• Champion in Youth will host a fall baseball camp for players ages 7-14, Monday through Oct. 7 at Queen Creek Middle School. Players will be divided according to age and skill level. Cost is $75. Call (602) 622-2707 or e-mail CoachFultz@championinyouth.com for information.

BASKETBALL

• Advantage Basketball will conduct winter camp at Arizona State, Dec. 28-30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m for youth ages 8-18. Call Keiko Yoshimine at (480) 296-5732, (800) 670-0013 or visit www.advantagebasketball.com for information.

• AZ East Valley National Junior Basketball will accept online registration at www.azeastvalleynjb.org through Oct. 8 for its winter leagues for boys and girls in grades 1-8. Call Hector Bajarano at (480) 766-2100 for information.

• The East Valley Junior Basketball Association is accepting registration for its 2005-06 season. Players are placed on teams based on school boundaries, giving children the chance to play with schoolmates or neighbors. Teams are being formed in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek and Fountain Hills for youths in kindergarten through eighth grade. Registration is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Peter Piper Pizza, 1239 E. McKellips Road in Mesa; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 14 at Peter Piper Pizza, 1833 N. Power Road in Mesa; and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 2 at Peter Piper Pizza, 2122 E. Baseline Road in Mesa. For information visit

www.jbaleagues.com, e-mail customerservice@jbaleagues.com or call (888) 251-2672.

GOLF

• The Links Golf Club in Queen Creek will be the site of a youth camp (golfers ages 7-16) and tournament Oct. 10-15. Cost of the camp is $75, tournament is $50. Call (602) 622-2707 or e-mail CoachFultz@championinyouth.com for information.

• Children’s charities will benefit from an Oct. 11 tournament sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Tempe. The best-ball format event begins with registration at 6:30 a.m. at Phantom Horse Golf Club in Phoenix. Cost is $100 per golfer. Call Fred at (602) 909-7845, Jason at (602) 621-3598 or write fwa727@cox.net or Jason.b.richmond@wellsfargo.com for information.

RACQUETBALL

• Registration is under way for fall leagues at the Scottsdale Ranch Park Sports Complex. Leagues begin the week of Oct. 11. Cost is $30 for Scottsdale residents and $45 for non-residents. Divisions are offered for men on Tuesday and Thursday nights and women on Wednesday nights. Call (480) 312-8402.

TENNIS

• Drop-in tennis is offered Monday through Thursday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa’s Gene Autry Sports Complex. Call (480) 644-2149 or visit www.Autrysportscomplex.com.

WEIGHTLIFTING

• The Next Step Foundation, a non-profit group that helps individuals affected by traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, will benefit from the inaugural Fall Bench Bash — a bench press fund-raiser scheduled for Oct. 14-15 at the Tempe-based facility, 1221 W. Warner Road, Suite 102. There are divisions for disabled, women, men 114-181 pounds, and men and women 182 pounds and over. For information visit www.thenextstepfoundation.org or call Arnie Fonseca Jr. at (602) 390-9144.

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