On Wednesday, the Avera Sports Institute announced a new partnership which will enhance basketball opportunities in Sioux Falls at all age levels. That partnership is with the Warwick Workouts.
A kiss off the backboard, between the leg dribbling, a solid jumper. These are just a few elements of the Warwick Workouts.
"It's advanced offensive skill development so we spend a lot of time with ball-handling, we do a lot with shooting and shooting programs, post programs, basically teaching players how to play how to handle the basketball and how to score." Said Basketball Director Shane Warwick.
Shane is also the program's founder and has spent years honing his craft. Basketball camps and skill clinics are nothing new, but the Warwick Workouts offer athletes a unique experience.
"I've had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with NBA trainers and NBA players so we have something that nobody else is offering for the advancement part of it and I think that's probably the one thing that separates us." Said Warwick.
Whether you're in kindergarten or senior high, if you can handle a ball Shane will teach you how to master the hoops. Ron Bartels watches his daughter Macy from the sidelines. She may only be a third grader but she's working to be the best.
"Yeah I do, I want to play in basketball games and basketball tournaments and stuff like that." Said Macy Bartels.
"I think the younger they start the better and the more experience they get a younger age the better they'll be in the end and I think with Shane's experience that'll help the girls." Said Ron Bartels.
The various drills are used to develop better basketball players but they're also used to help get kids off the couch.
"We emphasize in the weekly workouts in the camp we're giving them stuff to take home to go work on it's not just when you're with us we're trying to set them up to make their workouts more productive and have an active lifestyle; go outside and spend some time working on your skills." Said Warwick.
The Warwick Workouts can be challenging, but they help kids break out of their comfort zone and un tap their true potential.
"Shane really pushes them to do some stuff that I think they think would be out of their realm but he really pushes them to keep going and gives them the confidence that they can do it." Said Ron Bartels.
"Yeah the backwards dribble and stuff like that, my favorite drill is the spider drill it's pretty fun. It's where you do to dribbles in the front and two dribbles in back and then you have to keep going and every time you do it you go faster and faster." Said Macy Bartels.
In the past, the Warwick Workouts have been a seasonal experience in the Midwest. But the new partnership will help reach and teach even more athletes.
"It's a great fit with Avera and what their mission is and it fits into what we've done with the Warwick Workouts as far as teaching life skills as far as learning to listen, discipline, respect, and teaching kids how to work hard and also give them the benefit of the Warwick Workouts and skill development." Said Warwick.
And if you ask Macy, the program is already working.
"Yes from every practice I go to I think I get better every time." Said Macy Bartels.
So look out Summit League, this future Jackrabbit is just getting started!
To house this new program, Avera will build a new gymnasium facility at 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue. The building will also be the new headquarters for the Warwick Workouts and will open this summer. For more information just call 877-AT-AVERA.