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Sports in the Grand Strand

  By: Jacquelyn Eurice

South Carolinians like their sports. They may watch pro teams on TV including the Carolina Panthers, but they also like to get personally involved! In Myrtle Beach there are ample opportunities to kick a ball, cheer at a live game, or simply compete.

At the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, individuals and sports clubs meet to play everything from softball and soccer to Ultimate Frisbee. Even watersports and zip-lining are available here! Meanwhile, near the Convention Center, tournaments in track and field, volleyball, basketball and a myriad of other indoor sports take place at Myrtle Beach Sports Center. Swing by to watch cheerleading team competitions, championship basketball games, or gymnasts tumbling towards a medal.

This region is also very supportive of Little League Baseball. Every summer beginning in late June, 9U-15U teams from around the nation and Canada converge on the Grand Park at Market Common for youth baseball. They not only compete in appropriately matched games, but the kids build relationships that last a lifetime. Myrtle Beach also has The Ripken Experience, founded by brothers and former Baltimore Orioles Billy Ripken and Cal Ripken Jr. This sprawling compound for lovers of baseball features nine fields where kids can hone their skills and national tournaments are played. Comprised of synthetic turf, batting cages, pitching mounds, concessions, and relaxation spaces with large-screen televisions, this park has everything an MLB rookie-in-training needs.

The Native Sons Salt Games showcase local sports talent in a fun way that also brings the community together. For two days in the summer, nearly 3,500 people come to compete or just watch the friendly competitions. Surfing, volleyball, wrestling and even a hot dog eating contest are just some of the events that highlight the skills and endurance of the contestants in the natural setting of the Myrtle Beach oceanfront. One of the most popular competitions to watch, the Myrtle Beach Lifeguard Games, strictly involves lifeguards as contestants. These men and women challenge each other’s endurance and strength to take home the coveted “King of the Beach” title. The best part about the Native Sons Salt Games is that the proceeds benefit the Surfrider Foundation—an organization dedicated to protecting the natural beach environment.

If you simply prefer to be a sports spectator, try visiting the Myrtle Beach Speedway for some adrenaline-pumping NASCAR-endorsed racing. Or, you can take in a Pelicans baseball game at Field. Since the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are a single-A affiliate for the Chicago Cubs, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll see someone with ties to the big leagues. What’s more all-American than a night at the ballpark with the family?

Myrtle Beach certainly appeals to enthusiasts of many diverse sports. So whether you’re playing or watching, go out and have some fun!

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