Steamboat Springs High School to host first track and field youth camp
Steamboat Springs — Since taking over the Steamboat Springs High School track and field team two seasons ago, Lisa Renee Tumminello has seen a slow but steady rise in the number of students who go out for the sport each spring.
However, Tumminello sees even more potential with the younger kids in Steamboat, which is why she decided to create a track and field youth camp to help develop the sport throughout the community.
“It’s been really fun … to watch track and field take some root in Steamboat and get so much support,” Tumminello said. “Our goal with the youth camp is to really introduce the sport to little kids, kindergarten through eighth grade, and to start to develop a program, kind of community wide. We feel there are so many amazing athletes.”
The inaugural camp will run Monday through Friday next week at the high school track and costs $75 per participant and includes a T-shirt, snacks and awards. Sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon each day, with a mock track meet taking place Friday to give the kids a taste of real competition. There will be two groups, one for kindergarten through fifth grade, and another for sixth through eighth grade.
The instructors will include many current and former SSHS coaches and students, some of which have gone on to compete at a collegiate level.
“It’s all about fun, and we want to really kind of give them some tools, things that are important no matter what sport they are doing, like nutrition or hydration,” Tumminello said. “It’s just one of those sports where kids can get a very dynamic experience, athletically, and really have some fun with it. And that was our goal. It’s so fun to see this growing on the high school level.”
Tumminello wants the camp to become a yearly event, and she has a desire to create a local summer team that competes through the U.S.A. Track and Field program, which operates the Junior Olympics.
Money raised outside of the cost of the event will go toward 2014 SSHS graduate Josh Corbin.
Corbin, who also serves as a coaching intern for the high school track and field team, was recently diagnosed with ostegoenic sarcoma cancer. Despite having started chemotherapy, Corbin hopes to help coach throughout next week’s camp.
“Athletics are about something bigger and better than what is on the field,” Tumminello said. “We can create character, and there is no better way than to create character in young kids.”
For more information on the camp and to register, visit steamboattrackandfield.com.
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