Hormel Challenge Cup tennis big hit

On Feb. 28, 12 youths participated in the Second Annual Austin YMCA High School Invitational Tennis Tournament along with five adults.

Several individuals had done very well. In the morning group of JV girls and boys: first, Bob Sherman; second, Miles Edwards; third, Nina Carney; fourth, Ben Bachmeier; and fifth, Megan Zastroupil. During the afternoon of JV, varsity and adults: first, Andrew Heickley; second, Joe Urlick; third, Drew Halvin; fourth, Floyd Mattson; fifth, a tie between Bill Nelson and Kyle Seerockers.

Thanks to the donations and support of the Hormel Corporate Office and R&D personnel. The YMCA of Austin can help send kids from ages 8-13 years old to Camp Olson YMCA with the money that was generated from the Hormel

Challenge Cup Event.

The Challenge Cup is a fun and competitive event among the two offices held Feb. 28. As part of the competition there was a fundraising raffle with 100 percent of the proceeds raised going directly to children in need around the area to attend Camp Olson YMCA.


With the generosity of Hormel Corporate Office and R&D personnel, this event gives many kids the opportunity to go to camp and have that great camp experience. There are so many activities at camp: sailing, horseback riding, canoeing, outdoor games, swimming in a lake, target sports, kayaking, craft shop, campfires, skits and an overnight camping trip to Camp Olson’s privately owned chain of lakes called the Shurds.

The spirit of Camp Olson is not only having fun, it also included body, mind and spirit to the experience: Camp Olson’s grounds are flooded with the sounds of singing and laughter, there is the silent and peaceful nights as the children see the wonders of the Milky Way, getting together to share in fun, fellowship, culture, spiritual growth and respect for the environment that is instilled in all who go to camp through education and a direct, personal experience with nature.

The Hormel Challenge Cup has created this excitement by simply participating, donating time and money to this great event.

"We hope the YMCA and the wonderful employees of the Hormel Corporate Office can continue this great adventure that we have been on for 27 years!! It has proven that Camp Olson YMCA gives a great deal to kids," Ruth Chamberlain, Youth Director of the YMCA of Austin.

Thank you Hormel Corporate Office for your support for so many years!!


It’s the third Annual Handy Hank Father and Son evening at the YMCA of Austin. Fathers will make a wood craft with their son. It’s a guy’s night out with other fathers and sons. There will be pizza, pop and treats. The date is Friday from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Purchase tickets at the front desk of the Y. Cost is $15 per couple for Y members, additional son is $5, $18 per couple for non-members with additional son $12. Purchase tickets by March 9. If you have any questions contact Cindy Bowe at 433-1804.

It’s time to spring into action! The clocks are changing and so can you. Start a habit that can last a lifetime. Join the YMCA of Austin March 8-14. Challenge yourself with a new exercise class such as Zumba or Cyclebox, or check out our new Cardio Loft. No joiner’s fee for new members and Get Fit/ Be Fit participants. That’s a $50 savings. Spring into the YMCA of Austin where we build strong kids, strong families, strong communities. Become a YMCA member today!


Kristi Stasi is fitness director at the YMCA of Austin.

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