A par-3 municipal course owned and operated by Omaha Parks and Recreation, Steve Hogan Golf Course fosters short-game improvement over nine holes of stress-free golf. Jealous drivers will be best kept in the golf bag, for the course is relatively short at 2,674 yards and favors precise short-iron play and putting prowess. All revenue taken in by the course goes directly to The First Tee of Omaha, helping to impact the lives of young people by making the game of golf and its values more accessible.
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Ultimate Baseball Academy’s bullpen of coaches and professional and college players enlightens their athletic students in all aspects of their sport across a 55,000-square-foot facility. Batting cages rattle with the metal-pinging or wood-cracking ricochets of fair and foul hits, with baseball cages capable of four speed settings spanning from 40 to 80 miles per hour for experienced players and radar-gun calibration. Twenty-four training tunnels, five pitching machines, and a 150’x150’ turf field set the stage for pedagogical sessions in techniques such as pitching, catching, hitting, and fielding, as well as training camps and clinics. The academy also organizes youth baseball and adult softball tournaments, pitting hopeful teams against each other in battles either to the top or to the top of the sportsmanship rankings.
Academy Award-winning director of Erin Brockovich and Traffic, Steven Soderbergh discusses his filmmaking career with Kurt Andersen, author and host of Public Radio International's Studio 360, during this arts-foundation fundraising event. Soderbergh’s unique filmic perspective stems from a prolific directorial career, with numerous projects garnering Oscar nominations and awards, as well as induction into the Library of Congress's National Film Registry. Omaha native and Academy Award–winning writer-director of Sideways Alexander Payne kicks off the evening with an introduction to the presentation.
Two-year-olds in HappyFeet soccer training sing “Roll, roll, roll your ball” to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” The program’s graduates, though, often go on to more sophisticated activities—such as collegiate and professional soccer careers and jobs kicking computers that won’t work right. Founded by Andy Barney, the HappyFeet franchise encompasses two programs: one for tots aged 2–6 and Legends soccer for older youths. HappyFeet’s coaches focus on childhood development while hosting onsite classes at preschools. Their curriculum fuses soccer drills with kid-friendly characters such as Gus the Gorilla. Meanwhile, the Legends program takes a more grownup approach, emphasizing the arts of dribbling, scoring, and evading opposing players with deft footwork.
Built in 1899 as the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot, the RailsWest Railroad Museum chronicles the rise of trains, tracks, and the people who operated them. Visitors can wander through the outdoor exhibit of historic railcars, which includes the 1902 Chicago Burlington & Quincy 4-6-0⎯whose loud whistle was used for communication between the engineer and caboose crew and to have meaningful conversations with goldfinches. Inside the former waiting rooms of the depot, guests can view porters’ uniforms and old ticket stubs, and children can stare agape at an HO-scale model train as it chugs through an expansive miniature landscape of green hills and brown cliffs designed by the Greater Omaha Society of Model Engineers.
Fit 4 Life Fitness Studio sculpts bodies with a full-service gym flanked by personal-training sessions, fitness classes, and nutrition planning. A one-month membership grants exercisers 24-hour access to free weights, Hammer Strength machines, and cardio equipment raring to jack up heart rates and mobilize stationary limbs into a frenzy of activity like a beekeeper with a hole in his suit. Members can also drop sweat bombs in unlimited group fitness classes, including Boot Camp, Weights & Stretching, and Zumba.