STEUBENVILLE - A full day of sports for the community is set Saturday on the Franciscan University of Steubenville campus as the school celebrates the sixth-annual Robert J. Kloska Community Day
The university will host free sports clinics, a Lady Baron softball doubleheader and offer prizes and an evening Steelers Charity basketball game sponsored by the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
"We look forward to this day every year," said Chris Ledyard, director of Franciscan University of Steubenville Athletics.
WARMING UP — Participants at the 2011 Robert J. Kloska Day at Franciscan University of Steubenville prepare for sports activities with members of the school’s athletic teams. - Contributed
"Sports have a unique way of drawing people together. It's therefore appropriate that this community event is in honor of the late Bob Kloska, a man who did so much for the community at both the university and city levels," noted Ledyard.
Robert "Bob" Kloska graduated from the College of Steubenville in 1958 and started as its athletic director in 1960, launching a varsity football program, basketball program, bowling league and many intramural sports programs.
His tenure at the university lasted until 1972.
Kloska later worked as a foreman at the Weirton Steel Corp. but remained involved in college and community sports until his death from cancer in 1993.
Throughout his 64 years, Kloska also served as a Little League coach, assistant athlteic director at Steubenville Big Red and athletic director for Holy Rosary Elementary School. He also was a member of the Steubenville Umpires Association.
Area children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in free softball, girls volleyball, and boys and girls tennis, soccer and basketball clinics from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Space is limited and interested parents are urged to visit the www.franciscanathletics.com/communitydays website for details and to register today.
After the clinics wrap up, visitors are invited to the university's new softball field to watch the Lady Barons take on Medaille College in a 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. doubleheader.
Doors to the Finnegan Fieldhouse open at 5:30 p.m. for the Steelers Charity basketball game sponsored by the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
Admission is $7, with all proceeds benefiting the West Virginia Children's Miracle Network.
"We are so thankful to be able to partner with Franciscan University in promoting the positivity that will come from this day," said Renita Lavender, human resources manager for Wal-Mart.
Local area high school coaches, Wal-Mart employees and University employees will take on current players from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The evening also is to feature door prizes, concessions, entertainment from local dance team the Generation of Steppers, and an autograph session at halftime.
"All of us share one common goal and that is to support children," Lavendar added. "We are really looking forward to this evening that highlights such an important cause."
"This day could not happen if it weren't for the legacy Bob Kloska has left here in Steubenville. We are grateful to the Kloska family for how big this day has become," noted Ledyard.
Admission is free to the Lady Baron softball doubleheader. Fans can participate in the 50/50 drawing or buy a ticket for a chance to win an iPad3.
The community day is sponsored by Trinity Health System, DPS Penn, the Herald-Star and WTOV-TV.