On Glen Burnie, communism and the world's one true sport GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

July 21, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

It was a hot summer night in '91 when Rick Hemphill -- Glen Burnie dad, coach, philosopher -- shared with a group of young athletes the wisdom of the ages.

"Now that the walls of communism have fallen," he intoned, "the world will see there is one true sport. And it is football."

Powerful words to live by. I think I cried. The young athletes squirmed.

What exactly has propelled this gridiron game to the forefront of American athletics? Note the following:

* It's the only sport that has not sold its soul to that whole Olympic deal.

* The big-shoulder look of football is a great way to offset that unsightly hip problem.

* Football teams have impressive names like Raiders, Lions and Bears. Hockey has the Penguins.

* Super Bowl Day is the only time it is acceptable for Sunday dinner to be delivered in a cardboard box.

* That helmet look is an excellent way to hide a bad perm until it grows out.

Punt on, Glen Burnie.

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Glen Burnie is preparing for the fall football season with two local clubs, the East Glen Burnie Warriors and the A. A. Gridiron Rebels.

As the Rebels begin their 34th year coaching youth sports, football director J. R. Hall has announced the tentative head coaching staff for this season: Ted Giunta will lead the 75-pounders; Robert Crandel, the 90-pounders; Tom Harris, the 105-pounders; and Bobby Johnson, the 140-pounders.

Registration is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Wednesday at the Cromwell Field House, next to Cromwell Elementary School. Players must bring a copy of their birth certificates.

The Rebels are having an open football clinic for players ages 7 to 15 at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at Glen Burnie Senior High. Glen Burnie High head coach Dave Rigot and his assistants will be conducting the clinic.

Registration is $5.

For additional information, call Hall at 355-4143.

On the other side of town, the Warriors are preparing for the season's kickoff with four teams of their own: the 90-pounders, 105-pounders, 120-pounders and 140-pounders.

Registration is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the team's field house on Marley Station Road. Players need a copy of their birth certificates to register.

Sandy Younkin, president of the Warriors, is accepting applications for a new football director. A limited number of coaching positions also are open.

While visiting the Warriors' field house, stop by the snowball stand, which is a fund-raiser for the organization.

Another moneymaker for the Warriors is a classic car show being planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7. Fifteen trophies will be presented.

Registration is $5 per car with -- plaques given to the first 100 cars registered.

Just For Kicks, a new North County car club, is assisting the Warriors with this endeavor.

A flea market is also scheduled to run simultaneously with the car show. Spaces can be rented for $10 each.

For information on the Warriors football team or the car show, call Younkin, 760-0386.

Michael Sponheimer Jr. knows just where to take a group o visiting Japanese Boy Scouts and their chaperons: the Big Glen Burnie Carnival, of course.

The Margate resident and his family are one of several host families in the Baltimore area that will welcome the Japanese visitors as part of the Baltimore-Kawasaki Scouting Exchange Program.

Michael is an Eagle Scout with Troop 780, sponsored by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association. Last year he visited the Koyaschi family in Japan as part of the exchange program. This year he returns the favor when his family welcomes Ryohei Kobayaschi and his sister Rieko, who is serving as the group's interpreter.

Michael's trip to Japan left him with a different perspective of people and cultures.

"I went to Japan last year and I expected [the Japanese] to be like us. In some ways they were but in a lot of ways there weren't. Living on an island they are more concerned with the environment. They have to be. And the food, that was really different," Michael said. "When I came home I realized just how different people are."

In its ninth year, the program offers Scouts an opportunity to visit "sister cities" throughout the world that share in the fundamental concept of Scouting.

In addition to the carnival, the visiting Scouts will tour Baltimore and Washington, visit the Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard, camp at the Broadcreek Boy Scout Camp, stop by Camden Yards to cheer on the Orioles and attend the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia.

But Michael can't wait for them to get to Glen Burnie.

"I just want to show them where I live."

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Catholic girls between the ages of 11 and 17 are invited to join a new Squirettes of Mary Circlette, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Holy Trinity Council 3413. A planning meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m, July 28 at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.

Marie Ackerboom is coordinating the efforts to get this group started.

"The Squirettes of Mary Circlette have not been an active part of the Knights of Columbus in this area for quite a while. We're trying to get something going," Ackerboom said.

For information about this group, call the church office, 766-1213.

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Give your children a towel, a bathing suit and their dancing flip-flops and they're ready for an evening of midsummer fun from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday at the Country Club Pool.

An admission fee of $5 includes a soft drink, hot dog or hamburger, dancing to Top 40 music and an evening at the pool. Additional refreshments will be sold.

For information, call 761-0317.

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The nursery school at Harundale Presbyterian Church has a limited number of openings for the 1993-94 school year.

Children ages 3 and 4 before Dec. 31, 1993, are welcome to register.

Classes for 3-year-olds meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Four-year-olds meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

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