Averett University holds first summer wrestling camp

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) It's the season of summer camps, and the Averett University wrestling team is using its inaugural year to reach out to the younger generation.

This week, the program is hosting its first week-long wrestling camp for kids.

Wrestling is new to Averett University and the team wants to spread their love of the sport throughout the region.

"We want to be involved in the local community," says Averett University Head Wrestling Coach, Tommy Owen.

Coach Owen says it's important for colleges and universities to hold camps like these to motivate kids to keep working hard.

"I remember when I was young and I went to camps, those are the people that I looked up to and that's what we want to bring to Averett and bring to the community is give them the real life opportunities and real life heroes that 'Hey I'm wrestling in college. It's really cool!' and then all of a sudden the next generation does it," says Owen.

Four of the Averett wrestling team members are on hand this week to work with the kids too.

"It's done a lot for me personally and I've seen the change that it's also made in others, so giving back to the sport, helping the younger kids, it means a lot to me," says Averett wrestler, Caleb Harmon.

The Averett wrestlers hope the kids take away more than just technique tips.

"Not only are they gonna learn mental toughness here, and physical toughness, hopefully they take away some life lessons, not only to grow in their body, but also their mind as well," says Harmon.

The ultimate goal of this week's camp?

"We want to help other kids get into this sport and let them know that it is a lot of fun and there is doors that will be opened if you get involved," says Owen.

The camp runs through Thursday and any athlete is still welcome to join in!