Garden Walk

Everyone is invited to enjoy several beautiful gardens on a Sunday, June 12 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. This is the 10th Garden Walk sponsored by Hope Circle of Centenary United Methodist Women in Jacksonville. Participating in a Garden Walk is a great way to enjoy nature, spend time with friends and raise money for missions.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

The gardens are located in the western part of Jacksonville and in the West Point Subdivision, located 3 miles west of Jacksonville on Old Route 36. Tickets and directions will be available at two of the gardens – 1333 W. Lafayette Avenue in Jacksonville and at 209 Spring Bay Drive in West Point Subdivision – the day of the walk. Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

IC to host several camps, lessons and shootouts this summer

Illinois College is pleased to host an array of summer camps, lessons and shootouts this summer for individuals and teams. The IC men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, football, swimming and volleyball coaching staffs will all be on hand at various points in June and July to hold events at the Bruner Recreation & Fitness Center.

The first event of the summer is the Hampton Shootout for boys’ basketball on June 4. Now in its 17th year, the Hampton Shootout last year had more than 50 teams registered in the varsity, junior varsity and junior high age ranges. The cost is $165 per team and every team is guaranteed at least 3 games.

On June 5, IC men’s soccer will host the first of two ID Camps on the turf at England Stadium. Registration is open to males entering the 9th through 12th grades. The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 5 as well as on June 12, is $65 for those registered in advance and $75 for day-of-event registration. Individuals can register for one or both sessions. Lunch, a camp T-shirt, and a tour of Illinois College is included in the cost.

A busy day in the Bruner Center is set for June 6 as both volleyball and swimming begin their events. IC volleyball will host the individual skills camp from June 6-8, with morning sessions divided by age range from 2nd grade through 12th grade and running from 8 a.m. to noon. Costs to attend those 3 days of camp is $75. In the afternoon on those days, individuals from grades 6-12 can register for the mini-skills camp. The June 6 session will focus on passing, serving and defense. The June 7 session will involve setting, and the June 8 session will be focused on attacking. Costs for one of those sessions is $45 each, or all three can be bought together for $115.

On June 9 and 10, the volleyball team will host the Varsity Team Competition Camp. High schools can bring individuals from grades 9-12 to compete over those two days with the cost being $250 per team.

Also on June 6 will be the kick-off day for the first session of swimming lessons hosted by Chris Sykes at Coultas Natatorium in the Bruner Center. Lessons are held in eight-day blocks, the first of which runs from June 6-9 and 13-16. Session two is June 20-23 and 27-30. Session three is July 11-14 and 18-21. Each session is $80 per child, with additional children from the same family able to register for $50 each. IC employees can register at a $5 discount per child. For any further details, Sykes can be reached at 217-245-3343.

Women’s basketball takes center stage from June 11 through 18. Sherman Gymnasium and King Fieldhouse will host a Junior High and Junior Varsity Shootout on June 11, with $165 guaranteeing teams at least three games. On June 12, the women’s basketball team will host their Elite Camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for campers entering grades 9-12. The cost for that day is $30. From June 13-15, a Day Camp will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at a cost of $75 per camper for grades 2-8. Wrapping up that week, a Varsity Shootout will be held on June 17 and 18. High schools can choose a 3-or 5-game scheduling option at a cost of $275 per team.

Head men’s basketball coach Mike Worrell will host the 20th annual Boys’ Basketball Camp from June 21-23 in Sherman Gymnasium. The camp is open to grades 4-8 at a rate of $140, with a Junior Camp open to grades 2-3 at a rate of $95. The following week will bring the Passavant Shootout back to the Illinois College campus for the 26th straight year. One of the largest shootouts in the state of Illinois, more than 120 teams competed last year alone. On June 28 and 29, 3A and 4A varsity and junior varsity teams will compete, as will 7th and 8th graders. On June 30 and July 1 it will be 1A and 2A varsity and junior varsity teams’ turn on the court. Teams are guaranteed 3 games each day at a rate of $275.

As the summer moves on, the Illinois College football program will host a number of events, beginning with the Battle for the Hilltop on June 27. At a cost of $200, 7-on-7 teams will compete in pool play and then be seeded in a single-elimination tournament. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of 4 games. That day will also be the OL/DL Challenge, in which up to 10 linemen per team can compete in various events of speed and strength.

On July 16, the football staff will host the Prospect Camp for high schoolers entering grades 10 through 12. The day will start at noon and the camp gets underway at 2 p.m. The cost per camper is $30. The final camps of the summer then happen from July 19-21 and 26-28 as the football team hosts 2 sessions of its Team Camp. That camp features individual instruction and team practice time, as well as intersquad competitions at a rate of $95 per player and $35 per coach.

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