Since 1995, children and adults have stayed active at Oakland Yard Athletics with a variety of league sports, lessons, and tournaments spread across sprawling, state-of-the art indoor and outdoor facilities. Boys play T-ball and baseball and girls play softball beneath a brightly lit dome with three professional-grade batting cages adjacent to 72,000 square feet of synthetic turf. Golfers explore the indoor driving range, and young and old soccer enthusiasts demonstrate just how useful a peg leg can be. Kids romp across a 10-acre fenced-in playground during more than 100 types of themed summer camps, including sports sessions, cooking lessons, and improv comedy classes. The caring staff has also been involved with numerous charitable organizations within the community.
Casual and determined athletes alike will find their sport at Game On Sports Center, a complex that hosts everything from drop-in open gyms and parties to private instruction and weeklong camps. Adults and kids can play volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, soccer, and dodgeball on three courts, their fancy footwork benefiting from the all-purpose Sport Court flooring endorsed by the NBA and the NCAA. An additional baseball and softball practice area features two 70-foot batting cages, as well as pitching mounds, L-screens, tees, and other equipment. Though Game On hosts a regular rotation of clinics and camps led by athletes that have played and coached at high school, collegiate, and semi-pro levels, all of their supervised facilities are also available to rent for private parties or for dramatic sports-movie montages.
Whitmore Lake Community Recreation encompasses a variety of activities at facilities of Whitmore Lake Public Schools. The community pool hosts classes such as water aerobics or swim lessons, alongside pool parties and public swim. Youth classes invite kids to cavort through activities such as volleyball, basketball, and soccer, while adult sports include leagues such as softball and classes such as yoga and zumba.
Line drives sizzle and skid across the facilities at Staton Sports, where ballplayers polish their skills and veteran coaches prep athletes to compete in a variety of sports. Backed by stints with three MLB organizations, the center's president and CEO, T.J. Staton, heads a staff of coaches who bring a combined 20-plus years of professional playing experience to each practice, game, and training session. The center's field also plays host to traveling teams, and inside two party rooms, visitors gather to celebrate birthdays or exalt an adolescent bat's aversion to the peer pressures of cork.
Fairview Park Recreation Department at the Gemini Center hosts an impressive array of classes—20 each week. They take advantage of the brand new facility's amenities, holding spinning classes in dedicated cycling rooms or teaching aquatic skills in the aerobic studio. They also hold outdoor classes during summer months, taking advantage of the sunshine and green lawns. "It's great to see members push themselves and have fun while doing it," reports the Center's group-exercise coordinator.
Beyond fitness instruction, they also use the facility to host summer camps, athletic leagues, and families looking for a day at the pool. They even built a second pool, exclusively for leisure, with waterslides, a lazy river, and submerged beauty parlors.