TULSA, Okla. - The impact of the Oral Roberts University track and field program continued to stretch around the world this summer as ORU Assistant Coach Shawn Venable helped start a track and field camp at the Marion Jones Sport Complex in Belize.
"It was a great joy and honor to work with the athletes and coaches of Belize," said Venable. "Hosting this camp was something that has been on my heart for several years and took a lot of planning. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to travel down there and use the sport of track and field as a vehicle to touch the lives of the youth in Belize."
Venable partnered with the Belize Athletic Association to host the free camp that had more than 40 athletes, ranging from age 4 to members of the Belizian National Team in attendance. The campers worked on everything from general strength exercises to fine tuning their skills.
"Four years ago, I went down to Belize with my former college roommate," said Venable. "It is an English speaking country but is very poor. I kept asking myself 'what can I do to help them?' and this camp seemed like a perfect way to give back."
After four years of planning, Venable and the Belize Athletic Association pulled off the inaugural camp, and plans to continue doing so each year.