Fall Guide 2012
Fall Guide 2012: Sports & Recreation
Published: September 26, 2012
It's not that we aren't rooting for Orlando's iggest sports teams. In fact, we're itching to see how the Orlando Magic survive (and thrive, hopefully!) without Dwight Howard as they start another NBA championship run at Amway Center (Oct. 11). We're also eager to see how the newest East Coast Hockey League team, Orlando's very own Solar Bears, will fare during their inaugural season and home opener against the Florida Everblades (Oct. 20). We're dying to watch history made as the UCF Knights take on Missouri (Sept. 29), the first-ever Southeastern Conference opponent to play at Bright House Networks Stadium.
But what really gets us pumped this season are the smaller athletic events, some of which highlight sports you never knew existed. We're talking about Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls' Rocky Horror Roller Derby game (Sept. 29), the iFly International Bodyflight Association indoor skydiving competition (Oct. 12-13) and the Orlando FootGolf Open (Oct. 14).
And, of course, we always look forward to the annual diversions that provide enduring rivalry and spirited tradition: Downtown Disney's Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival (Oct. 20), college football's Florida Classic (Nov. 17) and the sprawling open-air yoga outing, Rasa-Lila Fest (Oct. 5-7).
No matter what type of athletic activity strikes your competitive (or leisurely) nerve, with this season's jam-packed schedule of events, you'll be sure to either generate or release some energy. It's up to you whether that comes from cheering on your favorite team or actually being the one for whom the others cheer.
Wednesday Night Rum Race The Lake Monroe Sailing Association hosts weekly sailboat races on Sanford's Lake Monroe, with the first place vessel winning a bottle of Malibu Red Rum and participants and spectators enjoying an afterparty event at nearby waterfront bar Wolfy's. 6 pm Wednesdays; Wolfy's on the River, 530 N. Palmetto Ave., Sanford; free; flalmsa.org.
Rocky Horror Roller Derby The Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls dress as Rocky Horror characters and compete in this second annual themed roller derby game, complete with a costume contest, photo booth and plenty of beer. 11:30 pm Saturday; Semoran Skateway, 2670 Cassel Creek Blvd., Casselberry; $10-$13; 407-834-9095; facebook.com/psychocityderbygirls.
Sky Zone World 3-D Dodgeball Championship Regional co-ed dodgeball teams of all levels take to the trampolines to compete in this regional qualifier and vie for the chance to make it to the national championship later this year in California. 7:30 am Saturday; Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, 2500 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont; $200 per team; 352-404-4134; world3ddodgeball.com.
Tai Chi Session Instructor Bill Burnette invites both beginners and enthusiasts to learn the practice and health benefits of Yang-style Tai Chi Chian and Qigong in a workshop that focuses on flexibility, body awareness, balance, coordination, relaxation and enhancing your vitality. 9:30 am Saturday; Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; $10; 407-647-6294; polasek.org.
Yoga for the Chakras As part of Yoga Awareness Month, instructor Ramona Crabtree-Falkner leads a 75-minute yoga session for any level of yoga student, which explores balancing your energetic body with the seven major chakras through asana, guided imagery and meditation. 11:30 am-12:45 pm Saturday; Ananda Center for Yoga and Massage, 16 Joiner St., Winter Garden; $15; 407-877-6061; anandaym.com.