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Area church hosting eighth Ultimate Teen Challenge

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Local teens have fun in the Cash Cube during the 2008 Ultimate Teen Challenge at Calvary Baptist Church, 526 S. Murphy Ave., Brazil. This year's event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Courtesy Photo.
Are you ready for the eighth annual Ultimate Teen Challenge this Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 526 S. Murphy Ave., Brazil?

"The goal of this event has always been to have a God-centered, fun event for teens, while helping them with issues they are going through," event organizer Amy Nichols told The Brazil Times about the church's community outreach program. "We want to show you can do activities that are not self destructive, and still have fun. There are plenty of bad temptations and things to do, but not many places to have good clean fun."

Originating in 2002, Nichols, who works with her husband Tim to organize the event, said it is designed for teenagers as a day filled with sporting events, strength competitions, funny skits and mind-bending challenges.

"Each year, we add more events and activities to the already long list of things to do," Nichols said. "These events, because of what they are, are not really geared toward elementary age children. Teenagers, with permission slips signed by a parent or guardian, can participate, and parents are welcomed to stay and watch."

The event is a day of free activities for any area teen interested in participating in human foosball, feats of strength competitions, smash a car, the zapper, volleyball, a unique version of putt-putt golf, grab the cash cube, corn hole and ladder golf, the dumpster diver, a water balloon slingshot and many more activities.

"This year, we are adding a Cage Ball, a military obstacle course, and two inflatable games," she said. "And we can't forget about our powerhouse, Mike Gugino."

Gugino, who has reportedly been known to rip phone books in half, drive nails into a 2X4 with his bare hands, and bend a metal rod into a coil with his bare hands, will be on hand to astound the crowd with his amazing strength and power.

Emcee Michael Moorehead will keep the crowd in stitches with funny skits and crazy antics all day.

"We will have a day filled with challenges, but don't forget about the food," she said. "Edie Nichols is in charge of the concessions, and she always has a huge variety to chose from. Admission is free, lunch is free, and all concessions are free. It's a great day for everyone."

For more information about the Ultimate Challenge program, log onto www.UltimateChallengeOnline.com.

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