Sports clubs add a dash of variety to spring
By Greg Romano
Originally published March 18, 2004
It's warming up outside and you want to get active,
but pounding the pavement in running shoes sounds boring. Why not try
hurling or camogie?
Area clubs provide an opportunity not only to get active, but also to meet
people and try new sports.
"We don't want to see ourselves as a social club,
just as a social outlet," said Tadgh Prendeville, a member of the Baltimore
Gaelic Athletic Association, which offers hurling and camogie games,
stick-and-ball sports similar to field hockey. Hurling is for men, camogie
is for women.
The group was started in fall 2003 to foster Gaelic games in the area and to
provide a place for people to get to know one another. The association has
garnered a lot of interest: as many as 250 people turn out for activities
lately, and even the first few attracted 60. Most of the interest has been
not from Irish people, Prendeville said, but from Marylanders looking for
different ways to work out.
But clubs for more traditional sports are also gaining members. Mike Cray is
the founder of Baltimore Sports and Social Club. Since its inception in
1998, more than 10,000 people have signed up for a variety of sports. "There
are almost 3,000 people playing a sport a week," Cray said.
The Social Club, despite the large number of members, has still become a
"Our motto is that it is for people who enjoy sports and love to
socialize,"Cray said. "It really has become its own little society, almost."
The following is a Live guide to some local sports clubs.
Gaelic Athletic Association
This club offers a place to play the classic Irish sports of Gaelic
football, a game on a large field that involves scoring by kicking a
soccer-type ball into a goal or through the uprights above the goal. It also
offers hurling for men and camogie for women.
For more information, call 410-902-7264 or visit www.baltimoregaa.com.
Baltimore Sports and Social Club Inc.
Football, broomball, wiffle ball, softball, volleyball and kickball are
offered at this club. You must be 22 or older to join.
Spring registration is closed. For information on summer registration and
more, visit www.baltssc.com
Baltimore Sports Zone and Social Club
The Sports Zone has leagues in baseball, flag football, basketball, bowling
Registration for baseball is still available. Call 410-496-6222 or visit
Chesapeake Hiking and Outdoor Society
This group, known to members as CHAOS, offers an opportunity to hike, bike,
canoe, kayak and camp. There are no prerequisites for joining the group.
For more information, visit www.chaoshikers.org.
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