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City hosting free post-Thanksgiving workout

City hosting free post-Thanksgiving workout

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Burn off those extra Thanksgiving calories with a free workout from the city of Riverdale.

Citizens are invited to participate in a two-part Holiday Burn-Off on Monday, Nov. 26.

The classes include a Nutrition 101 class at 5 p.m., followed by a cardio boot camp at 6 p.m. Both are free and will be held at the Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business & Leisure Services on Church Street.

To register, send your name, phone number and email address to rsvp@riverdalega.gov.

Clayton State basketball court named for former athletic director

Clayton State basketball court named for former athletic director

MORROW, Ga. -- The basketball court at Clayton State University has been renamed Mason Barfield Court in honor of the school's former athletic director.

The name will officially take effect at the start of the 2012-13 basketball season, which begins Nov. 13. Mason Barfield founded Clayton State's basketball program 23 years ago. He retired as athletic director last fall.

"Mason took a vision and turned it into a reality. Very few people get the opportunity to embark on taking a program from its inception and bringing it to the level Mason has. It is truly a remarkable accomplishment," Clayton State athletic director Carl McAloose said in a statement.

An official naming ceremony for the gym will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 between the women's and men's games.

5K to raise money for Riverdale schools

5K to raise money for Riverdale schools

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- The iRun4 Public Schools Riverdale 5K is almost here, but there is still time to register.

The race will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. The cost is $20 until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. Race day registration is $25.

Money raised by the iRun 4 Public Schools Riverdale will help schools in the area, as well as a mid-year school supply drive.

The run will be held at the Walmart on Ga. Highway 85.

For more information, visit riverdalega.gov/5k.

Clayton State to show 'Murderball' for Disability Awareness Month

Clayton State to show 'Murderball' for Disability Awareness Month

MORROW, Ga. -- Clayton State University's Disability Resource Center will kick off Disability Awareness Month by showing the Academy Award-nominated documentary Murderball.

The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 in room 272 of the James M. Baker University Center.

According to a release from Clayton State:

This amazing documentary chronicles the lives of rough-and-tumble rugby players, who also happen to be wheelchair users, on their quest for Olympic gold. The movie follows the hard-hitting action on the court, where players smash each other with reinforced wheelchairs, and off the court. These amazing men will make you think differently about the word "disability."

Tameeka Hunter, who works in the Disability Resource Center, calls Murderball "an unflinching look at disability, sexuality and Olympic competition."

Try Zumba for free in Riverdale

Try Zumba for free in Riverdale

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Have you ever wanted to try Zumba without committing to a whole series of classes?

The Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business & Leisure Services is hosting a free Zumba class during a girls' night out event on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Instructor Rhonda Shelton will lead the class, which combines dance and cardio into a fun and effective workout.

The class will begin at 7:45 p.m. To RSVP for the event, send your name, phone number and email address to RSVP@riverdalega.gov.

The Riverdale Centre is located at 7210 Church Street.

2 principals named to Track & Field Hall of Fame

2 principals named to Track & Field Hall of Fame

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The principals of two Clayton County middle schools were inducted into the DeKalb County Express Track Club Hall of Fame on Aug. 11.

Monique Drewry is the principal of Forest Park Middle School. She was a high school state champion and went on to compete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drury even competed in the 800m at the 1996 Olympic Trials.

Lonnie White, principal of Sequoyah Middle School in Riverdale, founded the Running Panthers Track Club of Clayton County and has also served as head track coach at Riverdale High School. Under his leadership, the Riverdale Raiders won numerous championships, including the only girls' state championship in Clayton County history. White was an All-American at his alma mater, Albany State University.

Both Drewry and White were recognized at the D.C. Express Track Club's annual banquet.