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.
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.
A golf professional of the City of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, Chris Ditello helps golfers of all experience levels hone their putting, iron play, and driving. Lessons begin with individualized assessments to determine the student's skill level, discuss goals, and interpret the meaning of any recent golf-related dreams. With this information, Ditello crafts a customized lesson plan of drills and exercises and observes students for feedback and notes on improvement. A video recording of students in action allows players to review each aspect of their game without teeing off in a house of mirrors.