February 6, 2012

Track & Field Teams Host Youth Clinic

Bulldogs Help Local Children with Athletics and Academics

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale track & field teams held the first of what will hopefully become regular free track & field clinics this past Wednesday at Coxe Cage. The inaugural clinic drew 36 local children, ranging from 6th to 8th grade, who joined the members of the men’s and women’s teams for the event.

The clinic began with warm-ups and station work. The stations included long jump, high jump, sprints, distance and throws. At each station there were two Yale student-athletes who showed the children how to perform each event and gave them other tips. Each group stayed about 10 minutes at each station. After each group had a try at each station, participants competed in a 200-meter race.

The event concluded with a pizza party.  During the party, student-athletes talked to the children about the importance of balancing schoolwork and extracurricular activities. All participants were also given a Yale Track & Field t-shirt. Everyone had a great time, and one 8th grader even asked, "When can we come back?"

The track & field teams hope to make this a monthly tradition, because the Bulldogs realized how much the children enjoyed it -- and how much they enjoyed teaching and hanging out with the children. 

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