Speed clinics return this summer

LIHU‘E — Keali‘i Aguiar, the Kaua‘i Speed and Quickness coordinator, Roy Nishida, the county’s Anti-Drug Coordinator, and Edie Ignacio, the county’s Assistant Anti-Drug Coordinator, announced the next round of clinics.

The clinics will focus on basketball, cheerleading and baseball, and are available to Kaua‘i’s youth free of charge.

Kids aged 7 years and older are invited to attend these clinics that often feature prominent University of Hawai‘i athletes to help youngsters through the program.

June 3 is the basketball clinic, which will take place at both the Kaua‘i and Waimea high school gyms.

Youngsters between 7 and 12 years old can attend the Kaua‘i High School session between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with youngsters from 13 years old invited to the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. session.

Waimea High School will open its gym to youngsters from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 3. Youth older than 13 are invited to the 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. clinic.

On June 4, the basketball clinic moves to the Bernice Hundley Gym at Kapa‘a High School with youngsters from 7 to 12 years old taking in the session from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Youth older than 13 are invited to the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. session.

Cheerleading is the focus of the clinics that take place at Isenberg Park on June 5 with pepsters aged 7 to 12 participating from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and youth 13 and older taking the field from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The sessions continue June 6 with youth 7 to 12 years old working out from 3 to 5:30 p.m., and youth 13 and older taking the field from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Baseball is the subject of the clinics on June 10 and 11 at Isenberg Park. Players aged 7 to 12 work out between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and players 13 years and older take the field from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The schedule repeats on June 11 with youngsters between 7 and 12 on the field from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and youth 13 and older taking over from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The clinics are free to youngsters who need to show up at the site of their choice at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the clinics.

All participants are asked to wear covered athletic shoes.

Aguiar said in an e-mail, “The clinics afford Kaua‘i’s youth every opportunity to become better individuals first, and better athletes, second.”

For more information, call Ignacio or Nishida at 241-6646 or 241-6312.

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