Team Welcomes Adults To Go Toe To Toe In Kickball

By Carisa Biesecker

All those who are tired of sitting on the couch, grab your tennis shoes and head out to Bloomingdale West Park to take part in the Valrico Over 35 Kickballers this summer.Open to residents in their 30s to 50s (though none who want to play will be turned away), the co-ed kickball team will run every Wednesday, June 23-August 11, from 7-8 p.m. at Bloomingdale West Park, located at 3940 Canoga Park Dr. in Brandon, with a three-week hiatus held at the end of the eight-week “season.” Founded in January of this year through the Website, the group has 35 members, with around 12-18 making each week’s game. Organizer and member, Belinda Missen says, “I felt there was a need for an activity group for people like me, who were interested in being active and social, yet did not necessarily consider themselves the sporty/competitive or bar-going type. This group fills the need of getting out and being active for people my age.”  Residents compete on the field at no cost, with the only requirements of participation being to maintain an active membership consisting of one play every two months and “a good attitude for fun, non-competitive play,” says Missen, adding “The group’s main focus is active fun for grown ups.” Couples, to singles, to co-workers are all invited to come out and play. Residents can even bring their children out to sit on the sidelines, taking their turn at watching their mom or dad in action, showing their skills on the field. “If you are looking to get a little bit more active with some great people, then this is the group to join,” concludes Missen. For more information, call Missen at 941-448-6133 or visit the group’s Website at

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