Lawrence, Indiana is a small suburb located just off of Pendleton Pike, on the east side of Indiana state capital Indianapolis. Like most satellite cities of Indy, Lawrence takes after the great athletic tradition of the Circle City, the home of all-star Indianapolis sports teams like the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Ice, and Indiana Fever. Lawrence sports, though not on the same scale as Indianapolis sports, have a lot to offer for athletes around the region.
If you’re a fan of high school athletics, Lawrence, Indiana boasts two of the more tradition-rich high school sports programs in the Hoosier State. Lawrence North High School and Lawrence Central High School are both a part of the highly competitive Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference, and each of these Lawrence schools features top-notch facilities and venues for their student athletes to perform and train in.
|Channel 13 WTHR video covering highlights of an Indianapolis basketball game featuring Lawrence Central High School|
Lawrence is home to one of the largest sports facilities in Central Indiana, a facility dedicated to the practice of the most popular sport in the entire world: the Lawrence Soccer Complex. The Lawrence Soccer Complex is a massive Lawrence sports venue that spans 21 fields of pristine grass and well kept grounds. There’s enough seating and parking for over 1,000 spectators at this Lawrence attraction; though not on a scale with Lucas Oil Stadium and Conseco Fieldhouse, the complex is certainly larger than the normal Indianapolis school field. Three Indianapolis high schools call the Lawrence Soccer Complex their home: Bishop Chatard High School, Cathedral High School, and, of course, Lawrence Central High School.
|Video of a 2009 Indiana State Cup match at the Lawrence Soccer Complex in Lawrence, Indiana|
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department also has a few Lawrence sports related activities up its sleeve. The department, one of the most comprehensive in the area, runs several youth sports leagues for Lawrence children who are too young to participate in high school sports. The city has three baseball leagues, the Lawrence Township Boys Basketball League, the Lawrence Junior Football League, a soccer league, and a tennis league.
For golf enthusiasts, Lawrence, located just east of Indianapolis, has several different options to choose from. If you enjoy the more private, country club setting, Old Oakland Golf Course and Indian Lake Country Club are two excellent options located within the city limits. Public courses include Winding Ridge Golf Course and The Fort Golf Resort. Winding Ridge, located at the intersection of 56th street and German Church Road, features bent grass tees, greens and fairways and greens fees range from $25 in the fall and winter, to $35 in the spring and summer.
The Fort Golf Course can be found within Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park, the largest Lawrence park, and was voted one of the “Top 10 Public Courses in the State of Indiana” by Golf Digest. The course, designed by famed golf course architect Pete Dye, is an 18 hole championship layout spread over 238 acres. It’s a little pricey, with greens fees ranging from $50 to $70 depending on when you play, but the beautiful layout and challenging design make The Fort well worth the expense.
|Aerial flyover tour video of the Fort Golf Course in Lawrence, Indiana|
Sports of All Sorts, a 200,000 square foot Lawrence business located on Sunnyside Road near Pendleton Pike, is one of the largest athletic complexes in the Midwest and lives up to its name by providing sports of all sorts to Indy residents. There are four full-court basketball floors, five volleyball courts, and room to house soccer, softball/baseball, flag football and ultimate frisbee leagues. Snapperz, run by Indianapolis Colts long-snapper Justin Snow, is a family fun center that can be found within the walls of SOAS, as is the St. Vincent Sports Performance Center.
|Video of a Lawrence Township Schools fundraiser at Sports of All Sorts in Lawrence, Indiana|
Lawrence sports are thriving, a mirror image of its big brother, neighboring Indianapolis. The whole town gets in on the act of athletics, with several Lawrence businesses, the Lawrence government, and even the Lawrence educational system sponsoring sports facilities and teams. Lawrence Central and Lawrence North are two legendary sports schools with a great history of athletic excellence; Lawrence is home to a number of championship quality golf courses, and the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department makes sure every citizen is staying active and fit with junior leagues, expansive park spaces, and state of the art facilities. Lawrence sports are very important to this small town; by all signs, they’ll continue to stay that way.