Kids Sports Expo to feature youth organizations, Chill, Lynx, Honkers

The Kids Sports Expo and YMCA Healthy Kids Day, held every two years in Rochester, will have the distinction Saturday of being the first major event held in the new Regional Sports Center on the University Center Rochester campus.

The expo is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the performance gym of the sports complex, which is where college basketball games and wrestling meets will be held next winter.

The Regional Sports Center was constructed over the past year for $15 million with funds from the university and the City of Rochester.

The expo brings together nearly all the youth sports and recreational organizations in Rochester. Representatives will be available to answer questions about youth sports and, summer camps and other programs.

The Rochester Y's Healthy Kids Day, observed at YMCA's around the nation, is being held in conjunction with the expo.


The Minnesota Lynx basketball team, the Rochester-based Minnesota Chill volleyball team and Rochester Honkers baseball team will man booths at the expo.

Door prizes have been contributed by the Lynx, Chill and Honkers, in addition to Minnesota Twins baseball, Minnesota Vikings football and Minnesota Wild hockey.

Sponsors of the event are Rochester Public Schools/Community Education, Rochester Family Y, Rochester Park and Recreation, and Rochester Community and Technical College.

Rochester organizations who will have representatives there include Rochester Fastpitch Softball, Rochester Youth Soccer, Rochester Youth Baseball, Rochester All-Stars (cheerleading), Rochester Figure Skating Club, Rochester Community Youth Basketball, Rochester Youth Hockey, Rochester Youth Volleyball, Rochester Matmen youth wrestling, Rochester Area Gymnastics Academy, Rochester Youth Football, youth tennis, martial arts clubs, youth bowling, the Girl Scouts, organizers of distance running events, and Rochester Public Schools varsity sports.

For more information, contact Judy Swenson of Community Education at 281-7300 or at

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