Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Possessing nearly 30 years of experience, Captain Nathan Beall guides anglers on The Long Run, a 42-foot six-pack sportfishing charter. Venturing into waters off San Diego and Mexico, Beall and his crew cast out live bait or plastic lures during both trolling and drifting trips. Catches vary by season, and may include hauls of lingcod, halibut, and multiple species of tuna. For trophy hunters, Beall takes anglers on excursions for shark and marlin. Trips can last from a few hours to 2.5 days, and The Long Run enhances guests' comfort with a full galley, sound system, and eco-friendly engine that minimizes fumes and noise.
Cleaning is included with most trips, though crews enforce a catch-and-release policy for protected species, such as shark and scuba divers. In addition to guided fishing trips, Beall charters The Long Run for private parties, sunset cruises, and whale watching.
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is a 12.4-acre family support, education, recreation, and cultural arts center, made possible by a generous gift by the late philanthropist Mrs. Joan Kroc. With a gymnasium, climbing wall, fitness center, indoor skate park, education center, theatre, preschool, family resource center, and NHL-regulation indoor ice arena, the Kroc Center resembles a miniature city more than a community center. The state-of-the-art campus provides opportunities that facilitate positive, life-changing experiences through art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery, and community service. The facility's ice surface hosts public ice-skating sessions, group and private skating lessons, hockey classes, and drop-in, youth, and adult hockey leagues.
Opened in 2002, the San Diego Kroc Center became the first of 27 nationwide community buildings erected by The Salvation Army as part of a project funded by philanthropist Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. Mrs. Kroc donated $87 million to fund construction of the first center, and left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army when she passed away in 2003 to build 26 more. At the time, this was the largest philanthropic gift ever given to any single charity at one time.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.39 value).
Each arena at The Paintball Park brings in fresh equipment every season to keep paintballers on their toes. Barricades, bunkers, trenches, and tall trees provide ample cover for firing off shots at opponents, ducking from overhead fire, or meeting to discuss how to get the pizza-delivery man into the fortress unharmed. Games of elimination battles give players a chance to take out the other team while sprinting between the wreckage of tanks and helicopters.
Each of the Paintball Park's paintball fields has a distinct feel. Running beneath dinosaur sculptures lends to a carefree sensation, and trying to find an entrance in endless, gray castle walls evokes the sense that one is an ancient warrior who left his keys somewhere.
This Groupon also covers the 10% city use fee and sales tax usually collected on all rentals and rental programs. No matter which option you choose, any of the dozens of rentalable single-kayak models will be yours for the choosing. The buoyant fleet includes sit-on-top kayaks, recreational kayaks, ocean-going kayaks, surf kayaks, white-water kayaks, and the not-much-fun land kayaks. If you so desire, the shop will happily demo any kayak before sending you seaward.
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