CHAMPAIGN- Jefferson Middle School’s Opening Day sets a new opening day record for PROJECT ATHLETES. Nearly 60 athletes joined the PROJECT ATHLETES Jaguar Locker Room at Jefferson Middle School in Champaign this week. Monday, January 23, 2017 marked the start of the 12-week program at the school. Sessions will run two times per week. Sessions begin with athletic training including warm-up, speed & agility training, conditioning and cool down. Mentoring and “homework time” follow for the remaining 30-45 minutes of the session. The Jefferson Middle School Jaguar Locker Room leadership and coaching staff includes Head Coaches Kam Fry & Matt Rossbach, Mark Germano, Danielle Wilberg, Ryann Monahan, Lance Lyell and Leland Jackson. Guest speakers are lined up to come speak with the athletes during mentoring sessions. Participants at the Jaguar Locker Room and all PROJECT ATHLETES Locker Rooms include young athletes working on their athletic training off-season from their organized sports team , athletes who are not a part of an organized sports team but seeking athletic training and a "team" atmosphere, and athletes who are new to athletic training all together.
CHAMPAIGN- PROJECT ATHLETES is expanding! PROJECT ATHLETES opens the Tiger Locker Room at Urbana Middle School in Urbana, Illinois and Jaguar Locker Room at Jefferson Middle School in Champaign, Illinois this month.
The expansion means more than 60 additional athletes will have access to safe after-school programing that gets them physically active, elite athletic training, mentors, academic coaching and encouragement, and a "team" atmosphere to be a part of whether or not they are a part of an organized school sports team.
PROJECT ATHLETES will now be operating at five sites impacting nearly 150 young athletes every week. Plans and a new partnership are also being explored to open the first PROJECT ATHLETE Locker Room at an elementary school.
January 2017 also launched the beginning of Session 2 for most of the PROJECT ATHLETE sites.
Participants who have been with us since Session 1 are showing improved speed and athleticism, losing weight, and gaining more self-confidence. Locker Room site supervisors are also reporting grade and school attendance improvement for many participants while they were active in PROJECT ATHLETES during fall 2016 school semester when compared to spring 2016.
Session 2 will also bring in more mentors for students who will assist with homework, character development, and help foster positive guidance with their life choices.
Many exciting things are happening with PROJECT ATHLETES! If you know of anyone interested in being a part of our PROJECT ATHLETES coaching staff, please have them contact us!
Monetary donations are always needed to help the program grow and reach more young athletes. Donations can be made on this website by clicking the “donate” button at the bottom of the homepage. In-Kind donations of athletic shoes, drinks, and snacks are always appreciated and needed as well.