Teen Summer Programs

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Registration will open on April 27!

The Summer Heatwave program is a collaboration between the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department, the Gainesville Police Department, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the 8th Judicial Circuit of the State Attorney’s Office. The program provides a positive alternative for teens during the summer months when too much idle time often leads to increases in juvenile crime. The program provides an educational life skills component, a basketball league and pool parties all completely free of charge for participants!

We are looking forward to an exciting season!  Registration brochures will be sent to your child's school in April.  You can also get a registration forms, in April, at MLK Rec Center, Albert Ray Massey Rec Center, Eastside Community Center, Porters Community Center, Clarence R. Kelly Center and the Thomas Center.  Registration will open on April 27 and space is limited, so be sure to register early!  We will also post a link on here to download the registration form as it gets closer to opening.  Be sure to check back soon!

Program Dates and times: 
June 1, 2020 -July 30, 2020
Monday - Friday   5pm-11pm

Ages: 9 – 18 (*18 if still in school. Age as of September 1, 2020.)

Game Times by Age: Evenings after 5 p.m.
Ages 9-10, 11-12: Fridays
Ages 13-15: Mon.-Thurs.
Ages 16-18: Mon.-Thurs

Games: Each team will be able to play 1–2 games per week. 
Basketball play-offs will occur the last week of Heatwave. 

Location: Due to program popularity, games take place in three locations: Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Multipurpose Center, Eastside High School, and Lincoln Middle School. Team locations will be determined at the mandatory meeting.

Team registration: In order to register as a team, each team must have a coach who meets City of Gainesville volunteer guidelines. If needed, city staff will help a team find a qualified coach. Does not apply to those registering as an individual player. Registration opens on April 27!

Life skills for on and off the court!

Coaches will conduct a 15 minute lesson prior to every game using the Pursuing Victory with Honor curriculum from Character Counts®. All athletes participating in Heatwave must attend or they will not be allowed to participate in the games.

Heatwave Pool Parties

Want to cool off and avoid the summer heat? Come to one of our pool parties! Enjoy free swimming, dancing, music and food hot off the grill courtesy of our Gainesville Police Department! No registration is required.

Dates & Locations:

Check back soon for 2020 Pool Party dates and locations!