By Jan Boston Sellers
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer had a very shiny nose, and if you ever saw him, you would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games…"
This much loved Christmas song may be a very good example of bullying, now that I think about it. Rudolph was different, thanks to that bright red nose, and as a result, the other reindeer excluded him from their pre-holiday North Pole activities. Exclusion, however, will not be the case here in Cumberland County, as the TAD Center is inviting everyone to participate in one of its first ever Reindeer Games.
TAD’s Reindeer Games will kick off Thursday, Dec. 12, with a student corn hole tournament at the center on 261 Yvonne Ave. There will be both an elementary and high school division, with prizes to winners in each category. This event will begin immediately after school on Thursday and last until 5 p.m. There is no charge for the corn hole contest.
Saturday, Dec. 14, will feature two of the three Reindeer Games: a 5K run/walk and a co-ed youth and adult basketball tournament. The 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. from the TAD Center. Late registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on that day, although runners are encouraged to register and pay their entry fee as soon as possible as Reindeer Run tees are limited to the first 100 runners/walkers. The run will end back at the TAD Center where prizes will be awarded. Costumed runners are also encouraged, with a special prize going to the best holiday themed runner. Timing for the event will be provided by Boyd Brown.
Basketball tournament action will begin at noon Dec. 14 in the TAD Center gymnasium. The tourney will be round-robin format and men, women and students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate. Lots of door prizes will be awarded, and each member of the first-place team will receive individual trophies. The team entry fee for this event is only $20.
If you want to join in any of the 2013 Reindeer Games, contact Shane Wyatt, activities director, at the TAD Center. He may be reached at 456-2859 or visit the TAD Facebook page. All proceeds will help fund the TAD Center and its programs.
Tis the season for lots of things, including contracting the dreaded flu. If you want to be immunized against this year’s flu, you can drive in or walk in to the Cumberland County Health Department’s Flu Clinic. Friday, Nov. 15. Health department medical personnel will be giving flu shots either inside or at the drive through. Hours are 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Contact the health department at 484-6196 for additional information.
A big congratulations to the Cumberland County High School Jet football squad for picking up a huge come-from-behind home victory over the Warren County Pioneers this past Friday evening. The Jets picked up their second win of the season, and the senior members were able to go out on a winning note. Also, despite their loss this past Friday, the SMHS Panthers advanced to the TSSAA State Playoffs courtesy of a 6-4 regular season. They will travel south to take on the Ooltewah Owls this weekend in hopes of advancing to the next round.