"Using sports . . . to positively impact youth!” Since 2003
FUN AND FREEDOM strives to provide a safe, healthy forum that offers a wide range of activities that will appeal to all youth.
What began in 2003 as teaching only basketball skills has grown into a multi-faceted organization! Our Year Round Activities Program includes:
Multi-Sport Activities, Community Outreaches, Family Events, Local & International Mission Projects and a vision for growth via our Camp Development Project
In the know
CAMPERS: For youth who have just completed 1st – 6th Grades
JUNIOR COUNSELORS: For youth who have just completed 7th – 8th Grades
SENIOR COUNSELORS: For Teens & Young Adults who have just completed 9th Grade & Above
“To primarily use sports to positively impact youth – physically, socially, morally and spiritually and to ultimately increase self-esteem.”
-Fun and Freedom Mission
All FUN AND FREEDOM activities are designed to ensure that all youth who participate have the opportunity to maximize their sports experience, character building experience as well as positively impact their life experience. This in turn brings positive impact to the family and the community at large.
Current and Upcoming Activities for 2021/2022
Spring/Summer MULTI-SPORT YOUTH ACTIVITIES & COMMUNITY EVENTS IN NATRONA
Designated SATURDAYS - May thru August: Held at the NATRONA RECREATION PARK
Multi-Sport Youth Activities 11am-1pm – for Girls and Boys 5 yrs. Old - Teens: No Cost to Participate and No pre-registration is required. This Program includes a variety of Fun Sports including Hockey, Basketball, Dodgeball, Kickball, Whiffle Ball and Flag Football. In addition to Sports we also provide Healthy Snacks, Lunch Days and a special Backpack and School Supplies Event.
Dates are: June 5 & 12; July 10, 24, & 31; August 7 & 14 Community Events – Picnics in the Park 5pm-7pm: There will be Food, Music, Games and More! No cost to participate. A great time for families and all those in the community. ALL Welcome!! Dates are May 8, June 26 & July 17
SPECIAL EVENT - 5th Annual NIGHT OF WORSHIP
Join us around the Campfire for this Outdoor Event Saturday, August 28 – 4:30pm – 7:00pm. Held at the beautiful 108 Acre “CAMP CHARIS” - 247 Hoover Road -Templeton, PA. Admission is free and will include great Christian Music, Food, Fun Games and Activities for the kids, Roasted Marshmallows and S’mores around the Campfire!
FAMILY FUN NIGHT OUTDOOR EVENT
Tuesday, August 31 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Held at the East Union Pavilion and Grounds - Cheswick . This is a free family event. Come and join us as we have a great evening planned for everyone which will include fun Games, Relays, Ice Cream Cart and more!! Please RSVP to the FUN AND FREEDOM Office by August 23rd. To RSVP: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Call 724-274-7773.
Two 5 week Sessions - Tuesday Evenings: Session 1: September 7 – October 5 and Session 2: October 12 – November 9: Tuesday Evenings September - November : Held at the EAST UNION COMMUNITY CENTER - Cheswick
5 Years Old-2nd Grade: – 7:15pm – 8:15pm: 6:00pm-7:00pm: Age appropriate Basketball Skills, fun games including Floor Hockey, Dodge Ball and Line Basketball
3rd - 6th Grades: Fun “3 on 3” Basketball Games. Individual Sign-ups, Equal Playing Time, Different Team each week.
Pre-Registration is required – Click here to go to our Basketball/Gym Activities Page which includes the link to the Registration Form.
10th ANNUAL LOCAL ONE DAY MISSION PROJECT - “Renewing Natrona”
Saturday, October 2 – 9:00am – 1:00pm: Held in the COMMUNITY OF NATRONA
Since 2012 each year FUN AND FREEDOM has organized volunteer teams of Adult Leaders and Youth (10 years old thru Teens) and conducts this one day mission project. The heart of this Mission Project is to be praying for those in our local communities and to be “Serving others, in practical ways and imparting hope.” Projects may include: Painting, Minor Home Repairs, Street Cleaning, Yard/Trash Clean Up, Landscaping, Weeding, Trimming Shrubs but most importantly building Community Relationships. If you would like to Sign-up to become part of our “Renewing Natrona” Mission Team please call the FUN AND FREEDOM Office: 724-274-7773
COMMUNITY EVENT - WEST DEER DAYS
Saturday, October 16 – 12:00pm – 9:30pm Held at BAIRDFORD PARK – West Deer Twp. Fun and Freedom takes this opportunity to participate in this fun, family event to promote the many activities we have to offer to the boys and girls in and around local Community. We have an Information Booth as well as fun games and prizes for those attending this event!
Two Grade Divisions: 3rd - 5th and 6th - 8th (Teams can be Co-Ed) Saturday, November 6th – 9:30am - 12:00pm: Held at the EAST UNION COMMUNITY CENTER - Cheswick This event is conducted in memory of our Founder Coach Deeni Riddle. Tournament participants will have lots of fun “3 on 3” Competition, receive a Tournament Team T-Shirt and Team Photo.
Fall MUNCHIE BANQUET - Fun Games and Refreshments For the Entire Family!
Tuesday November 16 – 6:00 pm – 8:00pm: Held at the EAST UNION COMMUNITY CENTER - Cheswick This event is for the youth that participate in our Winter/Spring Tuesday Evening Basketball and Annual Memorial Tournament Activities at East Union. It is a time dedicated to bringing Families together to enjoy FunActivities, Sports and Refreshments!
8th ANNUAL “BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS”
Saturday, December 11 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Held at the PNA CLUB - Natrona This is a free event for youth that participate in our Natrona Spring/Summer Multi-Sport Activities. Since 2013 each year we conduct this event to celebrate with the girls and boys who attended our Spring/Summer Activities at the Natrona Recreation Park along with their parents/guardians and grandparents through the giving of Gifts, sharing the Christmas Story and enjoying a Turkey Dinner with all the fixings!
Held at the SPRINGDALE BOROUGH BUILDING GYMNASIUM. Designated Saturdays – Activity Dates are: 2021: December 4, 18; 2022: January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19; March 5, 12. Activity Time: 10:00am – 11:30am. This fun Multi-Sport Program will give youth opportunity to learn about and participate in a variety of fun, team building sports such as Floor Hockey, Basketball, Soccer, Dodge Ball and Kick Ball. There is no cost to participate. Please Pre-Register - Space is Limited! You can register on-line via this link or call the FUN AND FREEDOM Office at 724-274-7773.
Upcoming Activities for 2022
Held at the EAST UNION COMMUNITY CENTER - Cheswick Two 5 week Sessions - Tuesday Evenings: Session 1: January 4 - February 1 and Session 2:February 8, 15, 22, March 8 & 15 (*No activity on March 1*) 5 Years Old-2nd Grade: – 6:00pm-7:00pm: Age appropriate Basketball Skills, fun games including Floor Hockey, Dodge Ball and Line Basketball 3rd - 6th Grades: 7:15pm - 8:15pm Fun “3 on 3” Basketball Games. Individual Sign-ups, Equal Playing Time, Different Team each week.
FUNDRAISING EVENT - 8TH ANNUAL DESIGNER PURSE BASH
Saturday, February 26th – 6:00pm – 9:00pm: Held at the ACME CLUB - Cheswick CALL the Office for Tickets and/or Details - 724.274.7773
Winter FAMILY FUN DAY!
A Saturday (TBD) in February: Held at the EAST UNION COMMUNITY CENTER - Cheswick
A free Family Event dedicated to bringing families and the community together for a time of Fun Activities, Sports and Refreshments
5 Consecutive Tuesday Evenings March 22 - April 19 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Held at the EAST UNION COMMUNITY CENTER - Cheswick Each participant will be taught the basic skills necessary to learn and enjoy playing the game of Volleyball and will also have the opportunity to use and improve their skills in a fun, no pressure atmosphere during game time.
Spring MUNCHIE BANQUET - Fun Games and Refreshments For the Entire Family!
Tuesday April 26 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm: Held at the EAST UNION COMMUNITY CENTER - Cheswick This free event is for the youth that participate in our Winter/Spring Tuesday Evening Basketball and Volleyball Activities at East Union. It is a time dedicated to bringing Families together to enjoy Fun Activities, Sports and Refreshments.
Summer DAY CAMP WEEK: Campers: 1st - 6th Grades, Junior Counselors: 7th-8th Grades, Senior Counselors 9th Grade & Up
This is a four day camp that will be held the week of June 20th : Held at various locations in SPRINGDALE BOROUGH Day Camp provides Campers with an opportunity to learn about and participate in a variety of sports, activities and fun competitions as well as help build self-confidence, self-esteem and develop social skills. Some of the activities and sports include: Bible Study Community Service, Basketball, Hockey, Golf, Handball, Lacrosse, Pickle Ball, Volleyball, Track and Field. Camp also provides numerous benefits for our Junior and Senior Camp Counselors which includes developing leadership skills and demonstrating responsibility.
Spring RETREAT WEEKENDS for Teens
Designated Weekends March - May: Held at CAMP CHARIS - Templeton This is a retreat of “Fun, Faith and Friends” which includes Team Building Games and Activities, Devotional Studies, time around the Campfire and building lasting Friendships
Many thanks to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation!
The generosity of the Pittsburgh Penguin Foundation throughout the greater Pittsburgh Area is not only amazing . . . but truly life changing for so many.
CAMP DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
For the past several years FUN AND FREEDOM has been in the process of helping to develop the beautiful 108 acre CAMP CHARIS into a multi-purpose Overnight Campground and Retreat Center. We are partnering in this project with Grace Brethren Church of Kittanning, PA the community at large.
thank you for your continued support
We wish to thank the generous Individuals and Families who financially support the mission of FUN AND FREEDOM throughout the year.
In addition – we gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank the following Foundations and Organizations for their generous support – all of which helps to make it possible for FUN AND FREEDOM to continue in strength and to expand our work.
The Jack Buncher Foundation
The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation
The Shear Family Foundation
The Muriel E. and Edward C. Wachter Charitable Foundation
The Robert and Mary Weisbrod Foundation
Fox Chapel Presbyterian Women
Walmart – Natrona Heights
Please contact us with any questions or for more information about Fun and Freedom.
PO Box 63
Tarentum, PA 15084