February 8, 2011 > James Logan to host Olympian clinic
James Logan to host Olympian clinic
By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
What if the Olympics came to your backyard each year? How about if you could interact and learn from current and former Olympic record holders? Would you go to that event?
Well, you're in luck. On Saturday, Feb. 12, James Logan High School in Union City will host its 25th Annual Willie Davenport Olympian Clinic. Logan track coach Lee Webb has been the facilitator of this event, hoping to promote the sport of track and field. Over time, you could say that Logan's Olympian clinic has helped promote the sport.
"It started small the first year from about 50 people to a maximum year where we had about 1,500 coaches and athletes," Webb said. "Now, the clinic is the largest of its kind in the U.S."
Men and women, boys and girls of all ages (3 to 78 years old, according to Webb) have come to the clinic -- which used to be a two-day event; now just the one due to financial constraints -- to learn from Olympic athletes and coaches alike.
Willie Davenport -- now the namesake of the clinic -- was an avid supporter of the clinic. Davenport passed away in 2002 and Webb took it upon himself to name the clinic after him.
"Willie exemplifies what the clinic is all about," said Webb. "Willie was in the military; worked hard to be an athlete; worked with Special Olympics; cared for people; and love to help others."
And after changing the name of the clinic to include Davenport, Webb noticed that more people came to support it.
"From that point (of the name change) on, many of Willie's friends have wanted to come and support the clinic and to keep Willies name alive," said Webb.
This year's event -- which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. followed by a meet-and-greet at Crowne Plaza from 6 to 8 p.m. -- will feature a number of special guests and more than 35 clinicians. Some of the special guests include: Kevin Young, world record holder in the 400 hurdles; Mike Powell, world record holder in the long jump; Stephanie Brown, 2008 gold medalist in discus; Alvin Harrison, 400 meters gold medalist; Eddie Hart, world's fastest human in 1972; Crazy George, cheerleader who invented the wave; and many more.
"The clinic shows the history of the sport, it teaches and motivates students to not only be a great athlete but a great person," said Webb. "I have been honored to get to know all these Olympians. They look forward to come to Union City in February. I feel so proud of the clinic and all the people who have made this event possible."
Registration for the event on the day of runs from 8 to 9 a.m. with the clinic beginning just minutes later. For youth participants, registration is $10. All other individuals is $20. For full teams registering, cost for the clinic is $350; for teams with greater than 30 participants, registration is $500.
For more information about the 25th Annual Willie Davenport Olympian Clinic at James Logan High School, call Webb at 510-304-7172, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Logan track and field website, www.logantrackandfield.com.
What: 25th Annual Willie Davenport Olympian Clinic
Where: James Logan High School, Union City
When: Saturday, Feb. 12. Registration: 8-9 a.m.; Clinic: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Social: 6-8 p.m. (at Crowne Plaza)
How Much: Youth, $10; Individual, $20; Team, $350; Team over 30, $500
Contact: Lee Webb, 510-304-7172 or email@example.com