YMCA offers teens sports training

July 9, 2019

HIGH POINT — A former NFL player, trainers, coaches and teen counselors will share their knowledge with teenagers Friday afternoon at a free sports performance training day at Hartley Drive Family YMCA.

Sports performance training day was developed for free teen YMCA members and potential members but now is open to all teens ages 13-17. Registration starts Friday at 11:30 a.m.

“Some of the kids will be out on the field and some will be in the gym,” said Stacy Burrus, co-director of the YMCA Teen Program at Hartley. “This is trying to get the community of kids, even if they don’t have a membership, to come on out to actually participate in it.

Will Billingsley, a former player in the NFL for three seasons, will join Will Bradley, owner of Will Bradley Sports Performance, to host a series of speed and agility tests along with basic drills to improve athletic experience on the fields. Billingsley, Bradley, YMCA Wellness Director Jeremy Haskins and a team of teen counselors will offer college-level mock training in speed and agility to help with track and field, football, basketball, baseball, and soccer skills.

In the gym, Sherri Elliott will oversee basketball-related sessions, including drills and scrimmages. Elliott, a former middle school basketball player whose daughter now is in college, invited college basketball players to run drills with younger players.

“It’s helping the college bound—just in case they want to try out for college basketball, to show them what they need to do to actually make it on one of those teams,” Burrus said. “What I’m hoping is to show the kids they have another avenue, opportunities to get the help that they need to push them a little further.”

Burrus said organizers expect around 60 teens to participate.