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Posted on: June 27, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Youth Leadership Camp

One-hundred-and-two students in the ninth through twelfth grades were invited to participate in two Leadership Camps occurring during the Olympic Trials. The camps include leadership training from coaches, Nike executives, and former athletes. The students also work at the meet, serving as part of the operations team. Originated for the 2008 Olympic Trials, the camps are part of the Legacy Program presented by the City of Eugene, Nike and the University of Oregon.

A committee of local coaches and staff from the Youth Track Network reviewed the students’ responses and mentors’ recommendations and made selections based on the following:
• a sincere interest in track and field
• a desire or need to develop leadership skills
• how much the student would benefit from this experience
• a desire by committee to create a diverse environment in the camp
• the overall impression of the stories shared via the written essays
• a desire by the committee to select local (Oregon) youth

Most of the students (90) are from Oregon; 12 are from out of state and one is from China. Two students have adapted abilities. All together they bring a wide diversity to the camp in terms of ethnicity, background, age, size of school, interests, ability, experiences and areas of competition (throwers, distance runners, sprinters, etc.).

By providing these access and participation opportunities, the Leadership Camps are intended to encourage youth to learn about and be involved in track and field, and to live a healthy, active lifestyle long after the 2012 Olympic Team Trials are over.

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