WEHS holds camps to inspire future athletes

  • WEHS football players and coaches work with children on football moves.

Williston-Elko High School offered several athletic camps this summer to inspire future Blue Devils.

Camps were held throughout June and July for volleyball, cheerleading, football, girls and boys basketball, baseball and softball. The camps were aimed at younger children between the ages of 5 and 12.

“We wanted to give the kids something to do in the summer and spark an interest in sports in our school,” said WEHS Athletic Director Derek Youngblood. “My biggest thing is I wanted them to have a good time.”

WEHS Principal Alison Brady thanked the WEHS coaches and student athletes who helped with camps. “It warms my heart to see all of you spending time with our future Blue Devils. Thanks again for making a difference in the lives of our young people! I’m so proud to be a Blue Devil!” she said.

Brady came up with the idea for the camps after thinking about how her father, Hamp Campbell, invested his time into the recreation and athletic programs in Barnwell when she was growing up and how many children reaped the benefits.

“I wanted our coaches to begin working with our young athletes to develop meaningful relationships with them as well as a passion for the game(s),” she said.

Youngblood said the camps were successful, especially seeing how excited the kids were to be there. He said some of the approximately 65 kids went to multiple camps, including at least one who attended four. The coaches and student athletes also had a good time, said Youngblood, citing how several want to be involved next summer.

While every student might not be destined to play sports, Youngblood said he hopes every student finds their own outlet, such as band or drama.