The YMCA Adventure Warrior Race gives kids and adults a chance to prove themselves against ropes courses, mud, water obstacles, and other unexpected mental and physical challenges—all while supporting a good cause. Amid the breathtaking views and tranquil waters of Lake Tris, runners maneuver around trees and carry heavy objects up the sometimes snow-covered Laurel Highlands mountains, climbing up to 1,000 feet as they go. Warriors aged 16 and older make a 4-mile circuit, whereas younger participants run age-appropriate distances of a half mile or a full mile. Trophies and the respect of all the woodland creatures are awarded to the top male and female runners, top male and female teams, and top co-ed team. According to the Daily American, funds raised from the race provide camp scholarships that allow kids to attend residential and day programs at the 263-acre YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles.
Since Basketball Stars of America was established in 2007, more than 25 of its participants have gone on to play at the Division 1 level, and more than 100 have played in college at some level. Such success is a testament to founder Daryn Freedman, who has been part of multiple NBA coaching staffs and has worked with some of the sport's biggest stars. Over the years, coach Freedman has assembled a staff of highly educated and respected coaches—many of whom formerly played in D-1 themselves and current varsity high school coaches. Together, these high-hooping all stars lead year-round developmental and competitive programs for boys and girls across Western Pennsylvania. They run boot camps, seasonal camps, and even leagues so players can show off their skills on the court or in the courtroom as part of a bold new legal strategy.
Sunlight bounces off the water of the Ohio River, calm but for the wake of rowers’ oars sweeping rhythmically to propel the boats against the current. During the Pittsburgh Rowing Club’s private lessons and summer camps, both beginners and competitive racers hone their skills at the Groveton Boat Club, learning how to executive perfect strokes and drown out coxswains shouting “Cut!” through a director’s megaphone.
At Muddy Rose Pottery, the staff strives to highlight the therapeutic nature of hand-thrown pottery. Though the studio is open to artists of all ages and abilities, the instructors focus most of their energy on intellectually and developmentally disabled students, who use the pottery wheel to create works of art and develop self-esteem and confidence. The studio welcomes all visitors to try their hand at the wheel during a variety of classes, which range from simple one-hour sessions to longer, more advanced 10-hour courses spread out over several weeks.
Under the bright lights at PPMS, rogue speedsters zoom around a half-mile clay racetrack in careening caravans of super and semi late models, E-mods, cadets, and young guns. Spectators unsated after tailgating in PPMS's free lot can fuel up with a monster meal that includes Pizza Hut pizza, a burger, chicken, or a hot dog, cotton candy, a drink, and a side such as pretzels. Scoop up some swag in the Speedway gift shop with a $3 gift certificate, and bedeck your ride with a checkered racing flag or a hood ornament of life-size echidna. Racing fans under age 7 get in free.
Tobin Studios was founded in January of 2002 by Debra and James Tobin in the hopes of sharing their skills to help people explore their creativity and to help rejuvenate the Ambridge business district. Ambridge is a former steel town in the process of being reborn.