More than 150 people participated June 1 in “Fun in the Sun for Everyone,” a program that gives special needs children and adults and their families the opportunity to enjoy the beach in a safe and inclusive setting. The non-profit Pockets Full of Sunshine organization hosted this event in front of Marriott’s Surf Watch on Hilton Head Island. Activities included paddle boarding, boogie boarding, surfing, beach games, sand castle building and face painting. Volunteers instructors taught participants how to surf and paddleboard. More than 40 volunteers helped at the event. Outside Hilton Head and GoSurf Hilton Head provided paddleboards, surfboards and staff to help during the event.

Golf Tips for Beginners1

Golf pros know: Golf can seem terribly complicated to beginners. So many rules, so many different kinds of clubs. And then there's the lingo: birdies, bogeys, bump-and-runs. Golf pros and instructors speak this language every day, but also know it's a language that can scare prospective golfers off before they ever pick up a club.

More than 100 tennis players from around the country converged on Dataw Island on June 16-18 to compete in Dataw Splash, an annual U.S. Tennis Association level-three tournament.

Dataw Island, a gated golf, tennis and boating community, has hosted the tournament for several years. In 2015, the community turned the Splash tournament into a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, a tradition that has continued. To date, the event has raised more than $6,500 for Soar Special Recreation, a nonprofit group offering activities and recreation for Lowcountry residents with special needs.

Lowcountry Sports

A new website launched in June is dedicated to covering local sports news in Beaufort and Jasper counties., LowcoSports.com is owned and operated by Justin Jarrett, a sports writer and editor at The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette from 2005-2011, and currently sports information director at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Cody SlaughterBluffton High School assistant athletic director Cody Slaughter has been named as the school’s new athletic director. He replaces Reggie Fields, who left to become an assistant principal at Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Lowcountry tennis guru Bob Brockman shares all the local tennis news and league information in this weekly tennis blog.

Resuming the Tennis Update now that tennis is starting up again. We hope everyone is well and looking forward to a less eventful future.

Give dad the gift of the game with some hot new items for this year.

If you’re reading this, odds are you either have a golfer in the family or you are the golfer in your family. If it’s the first case, and that golfer is your dad, pay attention. We’ve compiled some of the best gear you’re going to find for 2017 – gear that will improve his game or have him hitting the links in style.

International Junior Golf Academy students had a special treat recently when former world No. 1 Sir Nick Faldo visited the academy and gave students a private golf clinic. The three-time Masters champion (1989, 1990 and 1996) and three-time Open champion (1987, 1990 and 1992) also won the Sea Pines Heritage (now the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing) during his career. In total, he has won six major championships and three other PGA Tour events.

Bluffton High School filled its head football coaching vacancy with a familiar face, promoting longtime assistant coach and defensive coordinator John Houpt to the head position. He replaces outgoing coach Ken Cribb, who accepted a position at Wayne County High School in Georgia. “When you have success, you don’t need to change much,” Houpt told The Island Packet recently. “There’s no reason to do that. We’re going to keep doing a lot of what (Cribb has) done. I’m going to instill a little bit of my philosophy — not to change it, just modify it a tad.” 

“WITH WINDSURFING OR KITING, YOU ARE ACTUALLY PART OF THE RIGGING AND COMPLETELY CONNECTED TO WIND AND WATER. IT’S PRETTY EXHILARATING.”

Hilton Head Island has been shaped by interesting people with equally interesting stories. Mike Overton, owner of Outside Hilton Head, is one of those people. His fierce love for the outdoors has and will continue to influence the way people experience and enjoy all that the Lowcountry has to offer. He’s already had an impact on the more than 10,000 people he has taught to windsurf.