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Wadena alum to kick off athletic training program for students, May 23

Wadena-Deer Creek alum Dr. David Hunnicutt will kick off a new summer training program for student-athletes at WDC Middle/High School.

WDC is introducing a new enhanced performance training program developed by the WDC Athletic Department called W.I.N. (What’s Important Now). This summer program will combine weight training principles, while focusing on speed and strength to enhance athletic performance.

“The program’s goals are to achieve a high degree of fitness through high intensity aerobic and anaerobic exercise, weight training, plyometrics, agility and flexibility,” said Howie Kangas, one of the coordinators of this new program and WDC head football coach.

The program runs three days a week for 1 ½ hours starting June 10 to Aug. 9. It’s open to male and female students entering grades 7-12 for the 2013-14 school year.

The May 23 information meeting conducted by Dr. Hunnicutt will be at 10 a.m. for student-athletes in grades 9-11 and at 2 p.m. for grades 6-8 in the Robertson Theatre. Parents are welcome to attend. Registration forms are available at the high school office.

For years, Dr. Hunnicutt has worked with a number of Division I and II athletic programs including the national champion University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, the University of Mexico Lobos and the North Dakota State University Bison to help athletes stay healthy and compete like champions.

“My goal is to help WDC athletes become stronger, faster and better together,” said Dr. Hunnicutt, who is the president of the Wellness Council of America, a national not-for-profit health promotion organization in Omaha, Neb.

Kangas said WDC is thrilled to have Dr. Hunnicutt, a 1979 graduate of Wadena High School, make a special trip from Nebraska to unveil this new athletic training program.

“David understands how being in good physical condition, all year-round, can make a difference in a student’s athletic performance on the field or court. We are excited for him to kick off this new program,” said Kangas.

Enhanced Athletic Training registration form, click here

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