The do-gooders at Young Empire want to make a difference in the community by helping local kids and young adults achieve their dreams. To keep its mission going, the group hosts several lively events throughout the year that raise funds for its programs while bringing people together, including Halloween festivals and block parties.
Lurking in the darkness of moisture-saturated topsoil, the mud ninja challenges competitors to attempt his 5K obstacle-laden course. Serving the purpose of allowing entrants to live out their reality-show fantasies, the Mud Ninja race requires participants to crawl through mud pits covered with barbed wire and scale steep walls before leaping onto multiple mounds that punish imbalanced racers with a splash. Throughout the 5K course, contestants splat into mud pits in front of hundreds of spectators. The Little Mud Ninja Challenge scales the course for younger racers, and an after-party engages all with music and epic colored bubble machines and a plethora of food vendors.
Golf differs from most sports in that it can be taken up at a young age and played for a lifetime. According to certified Master Golf Instructor Hank Oakes, becoming proficient at the sport takes time and patience?impossible to achieve over one lesson or round. In fact, Hank believes the threshold stands at six weeks, enough time for the instructor and student to sufficiently cover every facet of the golf swing from addressing the ball to backswing. Whether first time players or veterans with deeply ingrained habits, students concentrate on one part of the swing before moving on to the next motor skill?a methodical approach that produces more consistent ball flight, more sunk putts, and more divots taken home for dinner.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Whether you're camping, kayaking, or canoeing along the Scioto River, the folks at Scioto Canoe Livery outfit adventurers for their treks through the wilderness. Open daily May through November, the livery rents out kayaks and canoes to paddlers, along with all the necessary equipment, such as paddles, life jackets, and gorilla masks to scare away snobby wildlife.
Opened during the 1950s, Skate America has sent multiple generations of Grove City residents and visitors whirring across its spacious skating floor. Today, the facility accompanies trips around the rink with laser-light shows, a 10-foot video screen, and DJs who spin family-favorable jams, such as Top 40 hits and auto-tuned remixes of the alphabet. The snack bar—better known as Pizza Town Café—fills free hands with fresh eats, and in the game room, high scores turn into piles of tickets that can be traded in for prizes or used as makeshift stunt cushions beneath bunk beds. In addition to public sessions, Skate America also plays host to birthday parties and group functions, as well as year-round lessons for amateur wheelers.