On Sunday, March 3, Northeast Opportunities for Wellness, Inc. (NOW) partnered with Tourtellotte Memorial High School’s Track & Field coaches & student athletes for the 4th Annual Youth Running & Track clinic. Forty-six children participated in the clinic, learning a variety of skills in track and field events. This clinic is a part of a series of free events hosted by NOW designed to introduce sports and wellness activities to children in the 10-town area of Northeast Connecticut.
First held in March of 2016, the concept behind the annual Running & Track Clinic was to introduce proper form and technique to children interested in running activities. Early on, Tourtellotte’s Track & Field coaches were quick to express interest in partnering with NOW on the clinic, with the goal of promoting the sport to elementary and middle-school aged children. With a program planned by TMHS Coach Beth Ten Eyck, student athletes from the TMHS Track & Field teams led 6 dynamic “skill stations” including: Acceleration Skills, Pacing for Distance, Jumping, Throwing, Relays, and Hurdling. NOW Program Coordinator Lindsay Lussier expressed her appreciation for the hard work of the TMHS coaches and students, “This clinic continues to be a success due to the outstanding efforts of Coach Ten Eyck and the talented students of Tourtellotte Memorial High School. We are grateful that they are willing to volunteer each year, all in the spirit of inspiring future athletes. We find that the high school volunteers are fantastic role models for the kids that come out to the clinic and help make the day fun.”
A signature element of the clinic is additional skill stations run by NOW staff, focused on nutrition and fitness. For the Running & Track clinic, NOW Fitness Leaders Alexandra Billings Kruzel and Tayler Shea led participants through an agility obstacle course station, and the importance of a balanced diet with the NOW “My Plate” nutrition station. Children were also offered a healthy snack of clementines or raisins during the nutrition station.
Throughout the year, NOW hosts several clinics focused on such sports as, soccer, football, cheerleading, lacrosse, hockey, baseball, and basketball.
On April 7th, NOW and the Yoga Farm in Central Village will host the 1std Annual Youth Yoga Clinic. NOW will include fitness and nutrition stations.
NOW is a non-profit human services organization focused on youth wellness. NOW provides children with the opportunity to participate in area wellness activities and athletics programs, offering scholarships to the youth of the community with up to 95% of the cost being subsidized by NOW. The mission of the organization is to provide ALL children, regardless of financial resources, equal opportunities to achieve & maintain youth wellness, beginning at an early age.
Registration is currently available online for the March 24 Youth Soccer Clinic and April 7th Youth Yoga Clinic.