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New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington will receive the sixth annual Call to Courage Award at a breakfast sponsored by Athletes in Action at 9 a.m. April 14 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

The award is given to the NFL player or coach who exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field, at home and in his community.

The breakfast was started in 2001 by former Buffalo Bills quarterback Frank Reich and the Western New York chapter of Athletes In Action, a national pro-sports ministry that has been serving the Bills organization for 23 seasons.

Athletes in Action holds weekly bible study sessions, chapel services and community outreach programs on pro teams throughout the country. Reich, now a minister in North Carolina, will present the award.

Past award winners include San Francisco quarterback Trent Dilfer; former Atlanta fullback Bob Christian; New York Jets running back Curtis Martin; Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna; and New England linebacker Don Davis.

Retired Buffalo News sports editor Larry Felser will be the guest speaker.

Tickets are $35 each and a table of 10 is $350. For more information, call 559-1800 or visit


Bills General Manager Marv Levy will speak on "The Value of Liberal Arts Education for Athletes" at a dinner sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa WNY Association at 6:30 p.m. on May 23 at Fanny's Restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive. Cost is $25 per person, prepaid. Children over 12 are welcome. Reservations must be made by May 17. For information, call 832-7602 or 833-3645.

BADMINTON: The Badminton Club of Greater Buffalo is accepting registration for Monday night indoor play at Lindbergh Elementary School Gym, Crosby and Irving Terrace in Kenmore. Play will be in April, May and June from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on doubles courts only. For details, call 873-9800.

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: The Buffalo School of Baseball will be holding its annual 3-day baseball clinic for ages 8-13 on April 9-11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fee is $99. There also will be a one-day clinic for ages 5-7 on April 9 from 2-5 p.m. The fee is $35. To register, call Rick Lancellotti at 681-9410. . . . The Town of Tonawanda and the Ken-Ton Kiwanis are accepting resident and non-resident registration for youth baseball and softball, T-Ball and Mite baseball from now until April 13 at the Youth, Parks and Recreation Department office, 2440 Sheridan Drive, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The youth baseball and softball programs are for ages 9-18 as of Aug. 1. There is a $40 registration fee for residents 9-14 and a $50 fee for ages 15-18. The non-resident fee is $75. A T-Ball program for ages 5 and 6 will be held at Lincoln Park from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 to 12:45 p.m. on Saturdays for eight weeks beginning June 2. There is a $50 registration fee for residents and a $75 fee for non-residents. The Mite program gives youngsters ages 7 and 8 who are not participating in an organized league an opportunity to play in a competitive baseball league using pitching machines. Registration is $60 for residents and $75 for non-residents. For information on all these programs call Mike Smith or Scott Brinkman at 831-1001.

BASKETBALL: A girls clinic-tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 at Edward Saunders Community Center, 2777 Bailey Ave. The cost is $10 and girls (ages 4-18) need to bring a lunch. Contact Cecelie Owens, 444-4306.

BICYCLING: The Big Wheelers Bicycle Club of Tonawanda will hold an open house April 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ, Parker Boulevard and Koenig Circle in the Town of Tonawanda. For information on the club call Bill Jerge at 835-7160.

CHEERLEADING: The Greater Buffalo Gymnastic and Fitness Center, 1641 North French Road, Getzville, will hold preparation clinics and tryouts for its new all-star elite cheerleading program. The program for ages 6-18 will be under the direction of Rachel Crooks, Tom Groom and Missi Altieri. Clinics will be on April 18 and 19. Tryouts will be May 6 at 4 p.m. For information on times and age groups or to reserve a tryout spot, call 639-0020.

GOLF: The Bob-O-Link course and driving range is open for the season. Current hours are 8 a.m. until dusk. Lights will be turned on for night golf around May 20.

HOCKEY: The Southtowns Stars Pee Wee Minor (1996) travel team will hold tryouts today and Thursday at 5:45 p.m. in Leisure Rinks, 75 Weiss Road, Orchard Park. All players from other associations must have a release form to participate. Cost is $20 and includes both sessions. For information, contact Tony Avolio at 870-7868.

HORSESHOES: The Crows Nest Horseshoe Club, Campbell Boulevard and Dodge Road, Getzville, has openings in a Wednesday night league. There will be an organizational meeting and signup on April 11 at 7 p.m. Play will begin on May 2. For information, call Bob at 876-3349 or e-mail

SOFTBALL: Men's and coed teams are wanted for the Porters Pub League. Call 692-4549.


Calling all camps!

The Buffalo News plans to run its annual directory of sports camps in the WNY area on April 26. If you would like your camp listed, please mail the information to Dennis Danheiser, The Buffalo News sports department, One News Plaza, Buffalo, NY, 14240, or e-mail it to There is no charge.

The Bulletin Board appears twice weekly, Tuesday and Friday. Information must be submitted by mail (c/o Buffalo News, Sports Dept., One News Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14240) or fax (849-4587). Items are limited to one appearance. There is no charge.

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