On Saturday, August 26th, LakePoint Sports is hosting LakePoint Community Sports Day as part of the celebration of Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition being at the Bartow History Museum. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. individuals are invited to the LakePoint Champions Center to try a sport. Open play basketball, pickleball, volleyball, futsal, and knockerball are scheduled. In addition, individuals can sign up in advance for an introduction to fencing and wheelchair fencing. Tumbling for ages 4 – 6 is available at 10:30 a.m. and for ages 7 and older at noon. While at the Champions Center, staff members from the Bartow History Museum will be assisting children in making sports themed crafts. All ages are welcome and the activities and parking are free. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience the facilities. For more information, please visit www.LakePointSports.com.

Afterwards, stop by the Bartow History Museum to enjoy the Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibition. The Bartow History Museum, in cooperation with Georgia Humanities Council, continues its exploration and celebration of sports in our heritage as it hosts this exhibition which will be on view through September 9, 2017. The Bartow History Museum and the surrounding community was expressly chosen by the Georgia Humanities Council to host “Hometown Teams” as part of the Museum on Main Street project—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. After it leaves Cartersville in September, the exhibition will travel to one more community in Georgia, Monroe – September 16 – October 28th, before it returns to the Smithsonian.

“Hometown Teams” captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, and the underdog heroics, larger-than-life legends, fierce rivalries and gut-wrenching defeats. For more than 100 years, sports have reflected the trials and triumphs of the American experience and helped shape the national character. Whether it is professional sports or those played on the collegiate or scholastic level, amateur sports or sports played by kids on the local playground, sports are everywhere in America.

“Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more visit www.museumonmainstreet.org, www.sites.si.edu. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Local sponsors include Wells Fargo, Toyo Tires, The Cartersville – Bartow Community Foundation, Bridges Insurance Agency Inc, Bartow County Public Library System, and LakePoint Sports.