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February 7, 2012 > Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic

Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic

By Mauricio Segura

If an aspiring sports hopeful seeks success, one path is to use someone who is already successful in that field as a model. For example, an aspiring baseball player could learn the art of hitting home runs from someone like Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols. A soccer player looking to bend a free kick into the top corner of the goal post would ideally spend the day working out with David Beckham. Smart young athletes learn as much as they can from top players and coaches in their sport, using the advice and experience sports greats have to offer.

Having the opportunity to spend a day with players of such high caliber is next to impossible for most young hopefuls. But aspiring young track and field competitors with Olympic dreams will soon have that once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn the secrets of success from those who have successfully competed in the Olympic spotlight.

Logan High School in Union City will be hosting the Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic on February 11, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Those in attendance will train and interact directly with world class Olympic legends such as Hollis Conway - two time Olympic Medalist High Jump; Kevin Young - World Record Holder 400 Hurdles; Eddie Hart - World's Fastest Human 1972; George Rhoden - Gold Medalist 400 Meters; Ron Morris - 1960 Silver Medalist... and many more.

This event, celebrating its 26th year, was created by Logan High School's track and field coach Lee Webb as part of his "Learn by Doing" initiative to inspire young athletes. Webb reached out to former Olympians and soon connected with the late, five-time Olympian Willie Davenport. With Davenport's support, the event grew from 60 attendees in its first year, to over 1,600 athletes, making this the largest sports clinic of its kind in the U.S. Webb has stated that the clinic, "teaches and motivates students not only to be great athletes, but great people as well." The best part is that it is open to all ages. While most attendees are school-aged athletes, past clinics have been attended by children as young as three to adults in their 70s.

The Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic will begin after registration at 9 a.m. with introductions of the Olympians and instructors. Attendees will then break into groups for individual event training such as race walking, high jump, sprints and hurdles, shot put, discus, and others. An hour long break for lunch will allow athletes time to view, collect, and purchase track and field items from various vendors. The event will continue until 4 p.m.; all paid registrants will receive a free bag of assorted track and field materials.

This day of instruction from an elite class of notables is unique; no other sport offers an experience quite like this. The combined experience of these Olympians is priceless! Register now to meet and learn from sports legends.

Registration is $20 for individuals, $10 for youths 10 and under, $350 per team, and $500 for teams of 50 or more. For more information, contact Coach Webb at (510) 304-7172 or lwebb@nhusd.k12.ca.us.


Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic
Saturday, February 11
Registration: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Events: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
James Logan High School
1800 "H" St., Union City
(510) 304-7172
www.logantrackandfield.com

Registration: $10/$20

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