Whether you play or spectate or both, Come-See-Me has plenty to offer to the sports enthusiast, even a pep talk from a professional football player.
Ben Watson of the Cleveland Browns will speak about football, family and faith at Pro Night at 6 p.m. April 19 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1320 India Hook Road. Admission is free.
Watson, a former Northwestern High School player, will hold a football clinic for second through eighth grade boys and girls on April 20 at District Three Stadium, 210 S. Cherry Road.
The festival also has the 5K Road Race and Fun Run, golf and tennis tournaments, Winthrop baseball and softball, a gymnastics competition and 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
Open to serious and not-so-serious runners, the Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K Road Race begins at 8:30 a.m. April 13 at the Upper Palmetto YMCA, 402 Charlotte Ave.
The Fun Run is a free one-mile event for all ages and types of entries, even parents with strollers. No registration is required. Runners are asked to bring a pair of old athletic shoes to recycle. Medals will be awarded to children 13 years and younger.
The 5K Road Race is on paved streets and bike paths for a very gentle and flat course terrain for fast times, organizers said. The course is USAFT certified. There are gift cards for overall male and female winners as well as for male and female master 40 years and older. Pre-registration is $20 at queencitytiming.com or $25 on race day from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.
The Upper Palmetto YMCA is also coordinating a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 2 p.m. on April 13 and 14, for ages 18 and up. There are four age divisions. The entry fee is $60 per team.
On April 12, about 1,000 Special Olympic athletes from York, Chester and Lancaster counties will compete in track and field events in the Area Eleven Special Olympics Spring Games at Cherry Park. It is the 43rd year of local competition.
Tennis enthusiasts can play or watch the City of Rock Hill’s Tennis Championships for singles, doubles and mixed from April 12 to 14 at the Rock Hill Tennis Center. Register by April 8 at usta.com, tournaments, ID#704108913.
Golfers can enjoy the Come-See-Me golf tournament, a four-man captain’s choice, with tee-off at 12:45 p.m. April 16 at Pinetuck Golf Course. The cost is $260 per team, with awards and door prizes. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Attention Home and Charter School. Entry forms are available at the golf course, Come-See-Me office, Duke Golf II and comeseeme.org.
For those who prefer the stands, the Winthrop Baseball team has a three-game series with Coastal Carolina beginning April 12, then play Charlotte on April 17. Tickets are required.
Winthrop Softball has a doubleheader against Coastal Carolina beginning at 1 p.m. on April 13, and another game against Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. April 14. The team then takes on Campbell in a doubleheader, beginning at 4 p.m. April 16. Finally, the team will play Liberty on April 19 in a doubleheader that begins at 3 p.m. and April 20 at 1 p.m. All games are free.
The Winthrop Outdoor Track and Field team is hosting the Carolina Cup for men and women on April 12 at the Irwin Belk Complex at Winthrop. Winthrop Tennis holds the men’s and women’s Big South Conference Championships from April 17 through 20. Winthrop Women’s Lacrosse takes on Liberty at 1 p.m. April 14.
Gymnasts of all ages and levels in South Carolina will compete at the AAU District Gymnastics Championships on April 13 and 14 at York Preparatory Academy, 1037 Golden Gate Court. Performances will be held on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. There is a spectator fee.
New this year, Come-See-Me is holding a cornhole tournament at the Tailgate Party. Teams of two will compete for cash prizes in male, female and co-ed divisions. The first round of games begin at 5 p.m. on April 20.