Flint is a great city for sports. Whether you catch a game with some of the town’s amateur teams or if you take part in the sporting yourself, this city will keep you on your toes. In Flint, sports and education are always tied close together, so you’ll see some great sporting events at local schools as well. While you’ll have to visit Detroit for major league sporting events, Flint has plenty of great amateur teams. Most notably the former Plymouth Whalers who recently rebranded as the Flint Firebirds. But if you’re looking to get in on the sports action yourself, there are tons of opportunities for you and the whole family to do this.
By far the biggest team to hit the ice rinks in Flint is the Flint Firebirds. Formerly the Plymouth Whalers, this team is one of Michigan’s most popular amateur hockey teams. Part of the OHL, this team has some serious skill. A good number of their players have gone on to lead successful careers in the NHL, including their goaltender Robert Esche who played for both the Philadelphia Flyers and the Phoenix Coyotes, and especially 7th round draft pick Robert Mara. If you’re looking to catch a great hockey game in Flint, be on the lookout for the next time the Firebirds play their long-time rivals the Windsor Spitfire.
For football sporting events in Flint, the city’s academic teams are your best bet. The University of Michigan-Flint’s Kodiaks are always exciting (for better or for worse), and Flint Northwestern’s football team is making a huge comeback. Friday Night Lights in Flint is one of the best options you’ll come across for great sporting events in Flint. Other high schools in Flint with great football teams are Flint Powers Catholic and Flint Carman. There’s a serious rivalry brewing between Flint NorthWestern and Fenton, so don’t miss a chance to see one of these battles.
To take part in all the great sporting activities in Flint, you have a couple options. First off, the University of Michigan-Flint’s recreation center is a superb option. For some sports fun, get a group together and get a day pass. With a beautiful racquetball court and a gym for soccer, volleyball and tennis, you can get your heart pumping and spend some quality time with friends all at once. If you’re looking for some intense exercise, this is also your number one place. With the Cardio Theater and its brand new equipment, you can take advantage of treadmills, stair masters and all sorts of stationary exercise equipment. And with the fitness room on the lower level, you can take part in some creative exercises like martial arts and yoga.
For the children, Base Camp Challenge Center offers a ton of options to keep those little bodies moving. From their rock walls to their high ropes course, there’s more than enough here to keep the kids entertained while they stay active. There’s also a host of educational and community programs here, making Base Camp Challenge Center a great one-stop option for healthy exercise and positive recreation.