Young track and field athletes are getting some expert training this week.
Team GodSpeed’s 5th Annual Track and Field Camp began Thursday at Zanesville High School. The campers have the opportunity to work with several high profile coaches in various events before showing off what they’ve learned at a track meet on Saturday.
"We started it about 10 years ago here in Zanesville, and it’s basically just an athletes’ ministry," said Dr. Jeff Williams. "It’s a chance for us to use our gifts in athletics to just connect with the community and give a good message."
Over 125 athletes turned out to this year’s camp. New to the camp this year was a football clinic run by former Ohio State Buckeye Dionte Allen.
"It’s only right for me to give back to the next kid that’s trying to play great collegiate football with my background playing at Florida State and playing at Ohio State, so I feel like it’s only right for me to give back," Allen said.
Allen volunteers his time at several camps as a part of his non-profit called Encourage Me I’m Young. Money raised from the camp will go to help with GodSpeed’s Y-City Mile.