The Allegheny County Parks Department will kick-off of the 2011 Marbles Program beginning Monday, March 28.
Clinics and competitions will take place through May at various locations throughout Allegheny County, including Boyce, Harrison Hills, North and South parks. The marbles program is free to children and youth ages 14 and under.
All local champions will qualify to enter the Allegheny County Championship, which will take place from Thursday, June 2, through Saturday, June 4, in the Courthouse Courtyard. All Allegheny County winners will receive a County Champion T-Shirt and will qualify to compete in the 88th National Marbles Championship in Wildwood, N.J., from June 20 through 24.
Allegheny County's Marbles Program has produced a number of national champions. Last year, Penelope Bauer, 13. Past girls national champions include Amber Ricci of Glenshaw in 2008, Alexandra Bauer of Bloomfield in 2007, and Carly Miller of the South Side in 2004. Past boys national champions include John Leffakis of Lawrenceville in 2008, Keith Moss of the South Side in 2006, and Jamie Miller of the South Side in 2005.
For additional information, contact Maureen Ricci at 412-260-7278.