Blue Hens host clinics for athletes and coaches

posted Mon, Apr 18, 2016 by Jon Buzby

Softball clinic

Shot put clinic

Fitness night

NEWARK -- It was a sea of blue and gold ... and smiles all around the University of Delaware athletic complex on April 13 as three Special Olympics clinics were hosted by Blue Hen coaches and athletes.

In what has become an annual tradition, the field hockey team hosted a fitness night in the East Gym of the Bob Carpenter Center with athletes enjoying fitness-related games and activities. The night served as a bridge between the team's involvement with the Newark Dragons' basketball program last winter and their upcoming volunteer coaching efforts with the track program this spring.

Just outside the Bob Carpenter Center, the UD softball team hosted 31 SODE players and 15 coaches at their stadium and ran the players through a variety of drills as coaches took notes on ways they could incorporate them into their practices. The teams are preparing for the round-robin tournament at Summer Games and it was an opportunity for players to get some experience on the same field they'll compete on in June.

Across the complex at the throwers' pit, UD coach Larry Pratt instructed athletes on the proper techniques involved in successfully "putting" the shot.

"This is the perfect time for our athletes and coaches to attend clinics like this because they are a few weeks into their practices and at a point where they now know what they need to work on," said Mark Wise, director of training. "What they learned tonight they can now take back to practices and make adjustments for improvement as they prepare for Summer Games. We can't thank the university coaches and players enough for taking the time out of their intense athletic and academic schedules to help our athletes and coaches get even better."