Sports and Outdoors

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tennis & horseshoes to debut at Hoosier Outdoor Experience

From the Department of Natural Resources:

Tennis for kids and family horseshoes will be part of the Hoosier Outdoor Experience this year for the first time.

The fourth annual event is coming to Indianapolis’ Fort Harrison State Park, Sept. 15-16. Last year, an estimated 20,000 reveled in the more than 50 hands-on outdoor activities at no cost to them for entry or participation.

The “10 and Under Tennis” activity is being offered by the United States Tennis Association, which will supply trained instructors on special temporary courts. The activity is designed especially for kids. Participants will be eligible for a free one-year USTA Junior Membership, a $20 value. For more information, see

Horseshoe pitching is being offered by the Speedway Horseshoe Leagues/Indiana Chapter of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association. Temporary pitch areas will be set up, with hands-on pitching for the whole family.

Just as the approximately 50 other activities, participation and admission is free.

The Hoosier Outdoor Experience, which runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, is presented by the DNR and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. The goal is to introduce people to outdoor activities they may have never tried.

Online advance registration at is requested. Watch for event updates at that website or at

Sign up to volunteer at For questions about volunteering, contact volunteer coordinator Cheryl Hampton, (317) 233-1002, or Leah Kopp, (317) 234-1064,

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