Merrill Noon Optimist Club to sponsor Tri-star Sports Contests

The Optimist Club of Merrill wants to promote fun and good physical fitness for local children through this year’s Tri-Star Hockey Contest and Tri-Star Basketball Contest.

Optimist Tri-Star sports provide a chance for boys and girls ages 8 -13 to test their skills in their favorite sport. Tri-Star Hockey involves the three skills of stick-handling, skating and shooting. Tri-Star Basketball involves the three skills of passing, dribbling and shooting.

The Merrill Optimist Club will be holding the Tri-Star Hockey contest at the MARC Smith Center on Saturday, March 12. Registration is onsite and begins at 10 a.m. with competition beginning at 10:30 a.m. All contestants receive a commemorative hockey puck with ribbons awarded to first, second and third place finishers in each age group for boys/girls combined.

The Tri-Star Basketball contest will take place at the Prairie River Middle School field house on Saturday, March 19. Registration is onsite at 9 a.m. and competition begins at 9:30 a.m. Contestants will receive a commemorative miniature basketball and ribbons will be awarded to first, second and third place finishers in each age group for boys and for girls. Also, first place winners are eligible to advance to a district level competition on April 16 in Fond du Lac.

“Good fitness is important to the development of a child, both physically and in the area of self-esteem,” Club President Meredith Prebeg said. “Our Optimist Club wants to encourage children to stay active and do what we can to boost their self-confidence at the same time. And of course we want them to have fun as well!”

Individuals wanting to learn more about the club’s programs can contact Club President Meredith by calling 715-370-2944.

The Optimist Club of Merrill has participated in this program in the past and has been active in our community for many years. The Merrill Optimist Club is famous for their cheese curds sold as a fundraiser during several community events, especially the Lincoln County Fair.

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