Back when I taught high school, I spent every other Tuesday supervising an after-school skateboarding club. A handful of 14-year-old boys, you know the type--baggy jeans, black hoodies, in serious need of a sandwich. They scrawled anarchy symbols on their notebooks and plastered "Skateboarding Is Not a Crime" on their boards. Outside the school, I would pace in my heels while they perfected their ollies and tried to conquer the cement steps; when they were sufficiently scuffed and bloody, we'd retire to the classroom for Cokes and Tony Hawk videos. If those kids were still 14, and not passing the bong at some junior college, they might glide over to the Livin' It Pro Skateboard Demo at ESPN X Games Skatepark this Saturday at Grapevine Mills Mall, and they're probably just the kind of chemically addled lost souls the event hopes to attract. See, this is a Christian event organized by Heartland Fellowship Church and featuring stars of the evangelical DVD series Livin' It, which the Web site describes as a "high-impact outreach film featuring extreme athletes who live out their Christian faith every day." So expect not only exhibitions but also testimonials from pro skaters Jared Lee and Phil Trotter, as well as motivation and guidance from--who else?--Stephen Baldwin. Seems Celebrity Mole isn't his only passion; Baldwin is a born-again Christian who is also director, co-producer and host of the Livin' It documentaries. Admission is free, although it costs five clams to skate with the pros. Bring your hoodie and your gospel. After all, when's the last time they let you skate in church? Call 972-539-4340. --Sarah Hepola
The Global Games are generally good fun with a bunch of college kids playing hoops against one another in the name of national pride. Wars have been started over less, so there's one reason to check out the games once they get rolling at Southern Methodist University's Moody Coliseum from June 27 through July 3. But there's also this: Yao Ming and the Chinese national team will play an exhibition against the Dallas Mavs summer league squad. Now that wouldn't normally be all that thrilling, except it will afford the D-FW area another opportunity to sing the Yao Ming song. Goes like this: Yao Ming, Yao Ming, Yao Ming, Yao Ming. Makes me smile just thinking about it. Tickets are $5 for kids and up to $35 for adults. Call 1-800-595-4TIX or visit www.globalgamesbasketball.com. --John Gonzalez
When the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James made his single Dallas appearance in March, it was one of those things you'll tell your grandkids about someday. You were there, you'll say, when that 19-year-old kid played a man's game and dominated, and they'll ooh and aah. If you weren't there, well, you're in luck because 15-year-old D.C. United forward Freddy Adu will be in town on June 26 to take on the Dallas Burn. I mean, sure, it's soccer (or ftbol, to our homies in Little Mexico), but this kid has the charisma and talent to transcend the sport. Someone has to make it popular as a spectator sport in America, right? The game starts at 3 p.m. at the Cotton Bowl. Tickets are $12 to $30. Call 214-979-0303. --Zac Crain
Preparing to attend the Mayor's Cup and Share a Smile Foundation Tournament on Sunday, we're not as concerned with the game as with our attire. We already know there are six chukkers and no bumping at more than a 45-degree angle. What we don't get is Mom's suggested "casual elegance." Polo is elegant, and Texas heat screams casual, yet we remain clueless. So we look to the cup's name and send out a plea to our mayor. C'mon, Laura Miller, should we pair pearls with a cap-sleeved tee and culottes, or should we go edged tank and capris? Mayor, please help! It's sorta your cup, so call it. The 6 p.m. match is at the Las Colinas Polo Club, 600 E. Royal Lane. Tickets are $10 to $15. Call 214-373-8855. --Merritt Martin
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