Plant City Recreation and Parks Department Promotes Summer Activities for Youth

The department has four sports camps and two recreation center programs planned for the coming months.

Young people in Plant City have many opportunities to learn and have fun this summer.

The Plant City Recreation and Parks Department currently promotes four summer sports camps and its two annual center-based summer programs. Most events are scheduled to start in June and all will take place during part of July and August.

Three of the events will take place at Plant City High School’s gymnasium.

The first stop is the 2017 Summer Basketball Clinic, where youngsters can learn the game from Raiders varsity coaches Billy Teeden and Danny McIntyre, staff and players.

The hoop clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in three sessions. The first session takes place from Monday June 5 to Thursday June 8, the second from Monday June 19 to Thursday June 22 and the third from Monday July 10 to Thursday July 13. Registration is $115 per child, per camp, and campers must be between the ages of 6 and 14.

For more information, call Teeden at (813) 967-7551.

Also on deck in June is the 2017 Summer Open Gym, which runs from Monday June 12 to Thursday July 20.

The free event operates in two shifts. The gymnasium is open to children 8 to 17 years old from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and open to children 16 and over from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The 8-17 year old gym will not be available from Monday June 19 to Thursday June 22. , and from Monday July 17 to Thursday July 20. Registration forms for those under 17 must be completed by a parent or guardian and submitted before the gym can be used. Persons aged 18 and over must complete an emergency contact card.

For more information, call (813) 659-4255.

The 2017 Summer Cheerleading Clinic, led by college head coach Karen Snapp and her Raiders team, will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 19.

Cheerleaders are asked to bring their own lunches and water bottles, and are required to wear a t-shirt, shorts, sneakers, and a hair tie. No jewelry is allowed.

For more information, contact Snapp at (813) 757-9370 or by email at

The Department of Recreation and Parks also promotes a summer softball academy, led by former Plant City High School and Florida Gulf Coast University softball player Makensie McAvoy. Full camp details are yet to be announced, but the department will take calls at (813) 659-4255.

Sports camp registration forms can be found online and downloaded from Forms must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start date of an event.

The city is also still accepting applications for its summer youth programs.

The program is held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center and Planteen Recreation Center and, although each nine-week program is independent, both run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 5 through Friday. , August 4. All children entering a program must have at least completed kindergarten and must present their latest report card as proof.

The MLK Rec Center program is open to children ages 5-13, at a cost of $275 per child. The Planteen program is for children aged 6 to 15 at a cost of $375 per child. Fees cover transportation, food, field trips, and camp shirts, and payment plans are available for both programs.

For more information about the MLK program, call Lillie Brown at (813) 757-9196. For more information about the Planteen program, call Maggie Morona at (813) 659-4256.

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