WPI opening in Daleville May 17

Eight-year-old golfer Davis Hyatt, left, trains for his next tournament with WPI co-organizer Justin Elmore. 

“To inspire, educate and improve the physical, mental and social well-being of young athletes,” is the purpose of the new not-for-profit mentoring organization opening in Daleville May 17.

Developed by Daleville High School alumni Justin Elmore and Kendra McKinney, the WPI will offer two free classes at the Billy Adkins Community Center in Daleville May 17 and 24. Both classes are from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m.

Elmore is a physical therapist working at Fort Rucker. McKinney, a DHS basketball standout, is now an Alabama State Trooper.

The two joined forces to create a mentoring program as a way to give back to the community in which they were raised. “At WPI we want to make kids feel valued,” explained Elmore. “We want them to reach their highest potential as an athlete and student.

“For the younger kids, we want to build a strong solid foundation before they enter high school sports,” Elmore added. “For the high school kids, we will do everything we can to help them achieve their individual and team goals.”

The Speed/Agility and Strength Training Class is for those ages 8 to 18. It is designed to improve linear speed, change in direction, coordination, core stability, explosive power, strength and conditioning and injury prevention.

The Basketball Skills Class is for those ages 5 to 18. It is designed to improve ball handling, proper shot form, defensive breakdown, balance and body control and proper passing technique.

All proceeds and donations will go towards rental fees, equipment cost, scholarship funds and sports camps, Elmore said. A parent or guardian must be present to sign registration forms and waivers, he said.

Those interested in more information may contact Elmore at (334) 379-5691 or wiregrassperformanceinstitute@gmail.com.

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