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Collins recreation department keeps kids busy

COLLINS — The baseball, football and volleyball weeks of this year’s Collins Recreation “Summer Sports Spectacular” have come and gone, with tournaments, field trips and as always, arts and crafts, and the on-site activities offered daily at both the Collins and Collins Center recreation sites.

One game the kids played was “Frozen Outfits.” Each team had to unfreeze shirts, shorts and even socks and then open them enough to wear, in order to win. Other events have included water day, roller skating, flag football games, whiffle ball games and weekly visits from the ice cream man. Some more activities have included the parents vs. kids softball game, which doubled in size, from its first year, with more than 30 participants. This year’s contest ended in a 10 – 10 tie.

The annual field day at Collins Center was held on Aug. 8, as more than 70 kids participated in events such as the soccer distance kick, free throw shooting contest and the hockey skills competition, to name a few. The afternoon brought about face painting, a volleyball and flag football game and playground time, for the young ones. More than 50 awards were given out. Some players of note were Ty Nagel, winning four ribbons; Brian Gernatt and Jacob Quiter, with three ribbons each and Tyler Smith, Nick Marrocco and Justin Sowa, each winning two.

The kids also attended a Buffalo Bisons baseball game, a trip to the Buffalo Zoo and Lasertron. The final event for the summer was the sleepover, which was held at the Collins Center Park, on the last day of summer recreation. The Arts and Crafts department offered bleached T-shirts, weekly coloring contests, sports necklaces and goal posts, for the football fans at the recreation department.

The Collins Recreation Department will be starting its winter program, in October.

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