DANVILLE – Ten student coaches and staff from the Danville Area School District Track Team hosted the Danville Track and Field Summer Camp for 55 students in grades 1 through 8.
Each camper learned the long jumps, shot put, sprints, middle distance and relays on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The camp, which took place at the high school’s Ironmen Stadium, ended Thursday with a mini-meetup with parents.
“It was awesome,” said women’s track and field coach Tina Bartholomew. “It was a great success. The children learned a lot, they had fun. The parents ask us to start over.
All of the student coaches were from Danville with the exception of one from the Southern Colombia region school district. This included Bartholomew’s daughters: new senior Coyla Bartholomew, 17, and new sophomore Victoria Bartholomew, 14, who helped out all week.
“It was really cool and exciting,” said Coyla Bartholomew.
It took her by surprise to see how far some students were able to jump.
“I expected them to jump four feet because they’re tiny and only three feet tall,” she said. “They jump at eight, nine feet. It’s great that kids this small can jump this far.
The young students had so much energy, she said.
Victoria Bartholomew said she enjoys helping campers improve and be active in the sport.
“It was a lot of fun,” she said.
Assistant coach Taylor Etzel agreed with the student coaches.
“It was fun to see a lot of kids trying out the events,” she said. “They’ve really improved a lot this week. “
Camp sponsors included Four Girls Bakery, Boyd Station, Phoenix Physical Therapy, and 2TS Promo.