Drills and skills clinics to keep kids active before school starts

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH / AP) -- Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia's parks and recreation department are giving kids in South Carolina's capital city a way to stay active this summer.

      The 3rd Annual Back-To-School Drills and Skills Clinics get under way Monday at five different parks and recreation centers throughout Columbia.

      Organizers say the week-long clinics give kids ages 6 to 17 a chance to learn basketball and tennis and stay active while school is out.

      The festivities wrap up Saturday with a competition and a health fair.

      All clinics will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., August 13-17 at the following locations:

      Hyatt Park (basketball â?? boys, ages 6 to 9)

      Greenview Park (basketball - boys, ages 10 to 13)

      M.L. King Park (basketball â?? boys, ages 14-17)

      Charles R. Drew Wellness Center (basketball -girls 6 to 17)

      Greenview Park (tennis for boys and girls, ages 6-17).

      On Saturday, August 18, there will be a Skills Competition, showcasing what the participants have learned, and a Health Fair sponsored by Select Health. Both the Skills Competition and Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Greenview Park. The Health Fair is open to the public.

      Registration and the Health Fair on Saturday, Aug. 18 are free.