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Monkey Joe's holding birthday celebration

Monkey Joe's holding birthday celebration

ATLANTA -- Monday is the birthday of Monkey Joe, namesake of the popular indoor bounce house venues.

To celebrate, Monkey Joe's is offering plenty of family fun, including reduced admission prices, all day.

On Feb. 18, entry into every Monkey Joe's location is only $5. The first 100 children at each facility will be treated to a free pizza party, and the first 75 children will be given birthday party goodie bags.

"Monkey Joe's birthday party provides us an opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their continued support of Monkey Joe's locations across the country," Monkey Joe's brand manager Sonny Crumpton said in a statement. "As a way to honor the families that visit Monkey Joe's time and again, we wanted to show our appreciation with discounted admission and special treats and events, which we believe both children and their parents will enjoy."

Former NFL star to hold football clinic

Former NFL star to hold football clinic

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A former NFL running back will hold a football clinic in Kennesaw this summer.

LaDainian Tomlinson, president of the LT Preparatory Academy, will bring his Elite Football Performance Clinic to Kennesaw Mountain High School in July.

The clinic is open to boys and girls in grades 1-11. Elementary school students will focus on teaching, technique, speed and agility, while budding athletes in middle and high school will work on drills and will receive information on playing sports in college and beyond.

KSU football decision deferred by regents

KSU football decision deferred by regents

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Georgia Board of Regents has deferred any action on a proposal from Kennesaw State University to begin a football program and add a Title IX women's sport to its athletic program.

Al Barba, director of athletic communications at the school northwest of Atlanta, said Tuesday the regents indicated that the proposal will be studied further.

School officials were scheduled to meet with the regents at their meeting Tuesday. Kennesaw State officials have said the board's decision would culminate a six-year process involving studies, student voting and fundraising focused on launching a NCAA Division I football program.

The university competes in seven men's sports and nine women's sports in the 10-member Atlantic Sun Conference. With more than 24,600 students enrolled, Kennesaw State is Georgia's third-largest university.

KSU athletic director joins Golden Soldiers

KSU athletic director joins Golden Soldiers

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Golden Soldiers recently named Kennesaw State University athletic director Vaughn Williams to its board of directors.

The Golden Soldiers is a faith-based non-profit that hosts events, activities and service opportunities for families and individuals living with developmental disabilities, all while promoting the Golden Rule.

Skate park to break ground Jan. 10

Skate park to break ground Jan. 10

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The city of Kennesaw will break ground on its new skate park at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.

The Kennesaw Skatepark will be located in Swift-Cantrell Park and will be the first-ever skate park modeled after the competitive street skate park plaza design.

"We're excited that construction on this long-anticipated project is beginning," Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews said in a statement.

"The finished skate park will be one of the largest in the Southeast and is expected to draw skateboarders from across the region," RJ Patel, chair of the Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation, added.

About $1.4 million of the $1.8 skate park project was approved by Kennesaw voters as part of the 2011 SPLOST. The rest of the funds will come from private donations and grants.

Swift-Cantrell Park is located at 3140 Old U.S. Highway 41.

Kennesaw, S.C. residents win Atlanta Marathon

Kennesaw, S.C. residents win Atlanta Marathon

ATLANTA -- Nearly 2,500 people hit the streets of Atlanta Saturday for this year's Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay.

Kennesaw resident Reuben Mwei was the clear winner of the marathon. He broke through the tape at 2:23:25, more than eight minutes before the second place finisher, to take home the $1,000 grand prize.

Saturday's race was the 26 year old's first-ever marathon. He also won the Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon on Oct. 7 with a time of 1:09:12.

The second man to cross the finish line was Marietta resident Malcolm Campbell, 41, whose final time was 2:31:26. Twenty-nine-year-old Justin Gillette of Goshen, Ind., winner of the 2011 Atlanta Marathon, placed third with a time of 2:36:27.

Daylight Savings Time 5K is off and running

Daylight Savings Time 5K is off and running

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Anything is possible -- including running a negative time in a 5K.

The Anything is Possible 5K will return to Cobb County on Sunday, Nov. 4.

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The clock will start at 1:50 a.m.; ten minutes later, Daylight Savings Time will begin, meaning that everyone who participates in the race will run a negative time.

Runners are more than welcome to run in costume or in their pajamas. Prizes will be awarded to the best costume, best lights and best PJs. Instead of T-shirts, finishers will receive a pair of Old Navy pajama bottoms.