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Soccer tournament bringing hundreds to Gainesville

Soccer tournament bringing hundreds to Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Hundreds of people will descend upon Hall County this weekend for a sub-regional soccer tournament.

The event, which is sponsored by the Olympic Development Program (ODP), will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and continue through Sunday at the Allen Creek Soccer Complex in Gainesville.

"We are fortunate to have a complex like Allen Creek Soccer Complex available for use," Melissa Brooks, Georgia Youth Soccer Women's ODP coordinator, said in a statement. "This is one of the few in Georgia that can accommodate so many teams and games at one location."

Top middle and high school soccer teams from Alabama, Georgia, and North and South Carolina will play 74 games during this weekend's tournament.

Learn more about ODP at usyouthsoccer.org.

Chestatee HS soccer players win academic award

Chestatee HS soccer players win academic award

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The girls' varsity soccer team at Chestatee High School has received the 2011-12 NSCAA Team Academic Award.

The honor, which went to 224 high school soccer teams across the country this year, is given to teams that maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 for an entire academic year.

Chestatee's Lady War Eagles have received the award eight years in a row. The team has also won the NSCAA's All-Time honor for earning the Academic Award so many times.

120 teams to play in Nike Cup soccer tournament

120 teams to play in Nike Cup soccer tournament

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- A portion of the Nike Cup soccer tournament will be played in Hall County, at the Allen Creek Soccer Complex on December 2 - 3.

Held by the Norcross Soccer Association, around 120 teams of boys and girls ages 9 -12 will compete in 17 different divisions over the two-day tournament. According to a Hall County official, 197 games will include teams from Florida, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina and Alabama.

For more information, contact Mike Little, Director of Hall County Parks and Leisure Services at (770) 535-8280.

Action Dash 5K running in 5 Ga. cities

Action Dash 5K running in 5 Ga. cities

ATLANTA -- Become a superhero and run in support of a timely cause this weekend.

The Action Dash will be off and running in five North Georgia cities on Labor Day -- Monday, Sept. 3.

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The race, which is presented by Action Ministries, raises money for housing, education solutions and necessities for Georgians in need.

Runners are encouraged to dress in superhero costumes; prizes will be awarded to some of the most innovative getups. Pets, both in and out of costume, are also welcome to join the race. Participants will receive T-shirts.

Learn more about the Action Dash. The race will be held in:

Run a holiday race

Run a holiday race

ATLANTA -- It still feels like summer outside, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking about a holiday-themed race.

In fact, many of the runs are happening sooner than you may believe.

Take a look at some of the upcoming 5Ks, 10Ks and more in metro Atlanta. Many of them raise money for worthwhile seasonal causes.

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race participant lottery were announced Monday.

If you weren't chosen, you still have plenty of other opportunities to run, jog, walk and enjoy a race day in the next few months.