Local Athletes Offer Middle School Sports Clinics to Support the Metro Health Hospital Foundation
NFL Player Jared Veldheer and former MSU basketball star Allyssa DeHaan will host football and basketball clinics for middle schoolers on Wednesday, June 18.
Proceeds from the events will be used to provide free student heart screenings through the Metro Health Hospital Foundation’s Keeping the Beat Program.
The two-hour clinics, which will be held at Forest Hills Northern High School from 6-8 p.m. are open to all West Michigan students who will be in grades five through eight beginning this fall. The sessions will each focus on fundamentals, leadership, nutrition, strength and conditioning.
Clinic sponsors will provide a free AED to the school with the most students registered for the clinics.
The Jared Veldheer Football Camp will be led by Veldheer, a 2005 graduate of Forest Hills Northern and a two-time All-American football player at Hillsdale College. He spent four years with the Oakland Raiders as left tackle before signing a five-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Veldheer will be joined by a team of elite local football players who train at his PowerStrength Training Systems, a Grand Rapids gym for serious athletes.
The Allyssa DeHaan-Clark Basketball Camp will be led by DeHaan-Clark, a graduate of Grandville High School and four-year starter at Michigan State University. While at MSU, she was ranked fourth in both all-time rebounds and career points – one of only three Spartans to place in the top five of both categories.
During the clinics, parents are invited to attend an information session led by Dr. Ed Kornoelje, a sports medicine physician at Metro Health. He will discuss the importance of cardiac screenings for young athletes, injury prevention and concussion awareness during a session that will feature a question-and-answer period.
Cost to attend the camp is $20 per student and includes a camp T-shirt as well as an ice cream social with the athletes following the clinic. To register online, visit www.keepingthebeat.net.
About Metro Health Hospital Foundation
The Metro Health Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of West Michigan through its support of Metro Health, an award-winning leader in community healthcare. The Foundation funds a wide variety of programs and services, such as buying books for the Cancer Center’s library, providing special computers for ventilator-dependent patients, supporting the popular Metro Health Farm Market and providing diapers, car seats and other baby supplies for low-income families. The Foundation’s support of Metro Health allows individuals, employees, organizations and businesses to contribute funds that help families cope with catastrophic illnesses, provide life-saving education and screenings and improve overall patient care. For more information, visit www.metrohealth.net/foundation.