Track & Field Champion to appear at ‘Summit’

National Track & Field Champion Myrle Mensey will present the Workouts that Work session at the St. Louis Sportsmanship Summit – A morning to improve youth sports at Maryville University on February 6th. Mensey’s presentation focuses on exercise strategies that are safe and effective for youth athletes. Check out my former post on Mensey and her Throwing and Growing Foundation. Click the event link above to RSVP for this free event.

Former post: July 23, 2009

I had the chance to visit a new youth sports and mentoring organization called Throwing and Growing yesterday. Myrle Mensey, a nationally-ranked track and field athlete, started the program as a vehicle to enrich the lives of young girls. Mensey is ranked first in the shot put, discus, and hammer throws. She uses throwing to help the girls build physical strength. Then, she uses mentoring to help them build mental and social strength.

Mentoring has become a pretty loose term these days. Mensey, however, runs a pretty tight ship. Her summer camp is being held now through July 31st at the West End Community Center in St. Louis. From 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, the girls work on various exercises and throwing techniques. Mensey is a big believer in fitness. “Our girls don’t throw anything until they can manipulate their own bodyweight. This means we have to be able to do push-ups, sit-ups, and jump rope. A thrower must have body control to be successful.”

After the workout, the girls must gather all the equipment to be put away. Yesterday’s workout was in the gym and everything had to be carried upstairs to the classroom for storage. The equipment includes several indoor(rubber) shot puts ranging in weight from 4lbs. – 16lbs. This seemed to be a lot of weight for the girls to carry in one basket. I offered to carry all the weights if the girls would get the ropes. Mensey stopped me cold. Each girl had to carry two of the shots while the oldest girl carried the rest. This was the first time in the history of my life that a woman refused my help in carrying something heavy.

In the classroom, each athlete had to write about what they did that day in a journal. Mensey encouraged them to write whatever came to mind regarding the day’s training. It was then time for the post-workout meal. Mensey explained to the girls why they were getting fruit, rice cakes, and protein bars instead of chips and cake. She told them how to dilute their sports drinks with water so they wouldn’t take in so much sugar. I left feeling good about this Throwing and Growing program. I think they just might make it.

For more information about throwing, please visit http://throwingandgrowing.org/. Until next time…

Be a Good Sport!

-Sol

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