The champions course returns for its 14th year for student-athletes of Calhoun High School.
The summer program is a culmination of all athletes from all sports working out, including boys and girls from 7th graders to 12th graders, according to Athletic Director Richard Whitaker.
When Whitaker arrived in the spring of 2005, he spoke with the former AD, Gary Davenport, and Whitaker added one of the things he couldn’t do was to get the kids to work out during the summer.
Today, the program has grown from 150 students to more than 300-plus students this year, combining all sports from football, volleyball, baseball, etc.
“It’s a great program. It keeps the kids active throughout the summer,” Whitaker said.
Whitaker added this is a great opportunity for the students to work with the coaches and is keeping in them in shape. With the summer heat coming this year, Whitaker told the athletes Monday morning to eat breakfast before the start of the program.
“We’ll keep plenty of water on them and things like that, but it’s going to be hot,” Whitaker said. “And we can’t keep it from being hot, but it keeps them climatized for the outside and gets them ready to go,” Whitaker added.
The champions course lasts through the summer.