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Panthers Junior Training Camp set

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will host a free Carolina Panthers Junior Training Camp from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Tuckaseegee Park, 4820 Tuckaseegee Road.

Open to ages 7-14, the non-contact skills clinic is designed to bring the experience of an NFL training camp to area youths. The camp will reinforce life skills, such as discipline, teamwork and respect, and also will focus on learning and improving fundamental skills.

To register, visit, click on “Eparks” and use course barcode number 37668.

For more details, call 311.


The second annual Marine Mud Challenge will be from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Belmont Abbey College, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont.

The competition, hosted by the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Greater Charlotte, will serve as a fundraiser to help wounded Marines and sailors at the Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Lejeune, and for families of local Marines. All proceeds will be donated.

Teams of four will compete in running events and individual exercises such as push-ups, duck walks, lunges, squat thrusts, low crawls through pipes, obstacle walls – you get the idea.

Team categories include military, public safety, corporate, community, collegiate and youth (high school age). Teams are asked to be uniform in appearance and remain together for the entire challenge.

Prizes will be awarded for best team uniforms and highest donations raised by teams and individuals. Entry fees range from $60 to $100 per team.

Details: Aaron Harper, 919-272-4461 or

Western Mecklenburg

All Vance High School students interested in playing football are encouraged to attend a pre-practice camp, which will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday at the school.

Players will be introduced to the team's offensive and defensive schemes and a free light bagged lunch will be available after each workout.

Players must bring documentation of a physical. Additional paperwork will be required when the camp starts Friday.

Details: Jeff Simpson, 910-617-3829.

Military notes

Air Force Airman 1st Class Vermaine Shelton recently graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During his six weeks training, Shelton studied the Air Force mission, military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches; and received physical training, rifle marksmanship training and special training in human relations.

Shelton is a 2003 graduate of Hopewell High School and the son of Vernon Shelton of Charlotte.

Compiled by Lukas Johnson