There's a First Time for Everything
Executive Director's Message
Waco had the honor of hosting multiple unique first-time events this past month. The Spartan Stadion 5K race brought 3,500 athletes from all over the country which led to a $1.8 million economic impact. But it also allowed 270 local athletes to compete in their hometown. It was an exciting morning with the sun rising on a cool morning, seeing McLane Stadium and Touchdown Alley get activated with so many first-time Spartan Warriors. The entire GWSC staff competed alongside the TEAM Waco athletes from both years and even one of our board members. To see kids compete and carry their medals afterward with proud smiles alongside their parents was genuinely endearing and inspiring.
Throughout the rest of the month we had tennis tournaments, baseball games, the Baylor Green & Gold Game, and most recently The Waco Rowing Center hosted the first regatta (boat race), Texas State Rowing Championships, on Tradinghouse Lake. If you were one of the thousands there on Saturday enjoying the sun, sandy beach, cool breeze, and festive atmosphere I think you’d agree it was extraordinary. This Waco community has embraced the sport of rowing, and there is a bright horizon for the sport and the doors of opportunity it can create for all ages.
None of these events would have been possible without the support and participation of our dedicated volunteers, sponsors, and community members. Your commitment and enthusiasm have truly made these events a success, and we are immensely grateful for your continued support.
As we look forward to the coming months, we invite you to join us in our endeavors, whether through volunteering, sponsoring, or participating in our upcoming events. Once again, thank you for your unwavering support. Together, we can continue to make the Greater Waco community a vibrant and thriving sports community.
– Mike Vogelaar
Day at the Beach: Volunteers Needed
The upcoming Mother’s Day Run at Waco Surf on Saturday, May 13th is gearing up to be a fantastic event, but the GWSC is in need of volunteers to help make it a success. The run on Saturday morning is a fun-filled family event that brings the community together to celebrate and honor mothers while promoting health and wellness. Volunteers are essential in ensuring the smooth running of the event, from registration to water stations, to handing out medals, and more.
No prior experience is necessary, and volunteers will receive training and support on the day of the event along with a Waco Sports shirt, a Waco Surf Beachday Pass for the rest of the day, and a Main Event voucher.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community and make this special day memorable for all the participating families. If you’re interested in lending a hand, sign up as a volunteer today and be part of this fun event. They need community support if you’re interested in volunteering find out more here.
2023 TriWaco: Sunday, July 9, 2023
Make plans to compete in the annual TriWaco Triathlon held in Indian Spring Park in downtown Waco, Texas! An event from the Greater Waco Chamber, this annual triathlon features sprint and olympic distance events using the Brazos River, Cameron Park and a spectator friendly bike course!
Swimmers will self-seed by estimated swim time corrals and begin in a time trial format for a point-to-point swim. After leaving the transition area the riders will leave downtown and begin their loops on MLK Blvd. Finally, runners will experience the home stretch through Cameron Park and will cross the Finish on the Suspension Bridge.
Join the fun and register at triwaco.org.
Of course, no magnificent event can happen without the help of volunteers! Volunteers are needed in all areas including packet pick-up, race set-up, aid stations and transition. Join us in helping make the 2023 TriWaco Triathlon a success! You can sign up to volunteer at triwaco.org/volunteers/
Check out what events are coming up in Waco and how you can get involved.
We are always looking for new community partners! Please email [email protected] if you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities with new events for your business.
GWSC Volunteer Opportunities
Click here to check out upcoming opportunities.
In the pipeline for Waco Sports
Mother’s Day Weekend 10K/5K/Fun Run
(5/13/23 @ Waco Surf)
Texas Enduro Cup: Present by Team Trail Party
& OTB Cyclery
WACO POLICE MEMORIAL RUN
(5/18/23 @ Cameron Park)
Badass Texas Half Marathon
10K & 5K
* See calendar with more info on each event *
or * post your event *
Be on the lookout in May for the new podcast series for this year’s TEAM Waco representatives. Hear their stories and be inspired.
A Word from Dr. Adesina
Pitching is a crucial aspect of baseball and softball. It requires skill, technique, and proper training to ensure the safety and development of young athletes. Here are some important things to consider when coaching young pitchers.
It is important to understand the physical limitations of young athletes. Children are still developing physically and are not fully equipped to handle the strain of repetitive pitching. Coaches must monitor the number of pitches thrown in each game and practice session to avoid overuse injuries. It’s recommended that young pitchers throw no more than 50-75 pitches per game, depending on their age and skill level.
Proper technique is crucial in pitching.
Coaches must emphasize the correct mechanics of pitching, including proper grip, arm motion, and follow-through. Poor technique can result in injuries, as well as negatively affecting the accuracy and speed of pitches. Coaches should also emphasize the importance of stretching and warm-up exercises before pitching to prevent injuries.
Consistent communication between coaches, parents, and athletes is key in pitching. Coaches should communicate with parents about the number of pitches their child is throwing. Athletes should also feel comfortable communicating with their coaches about any discomfort or pain they may be experiencing.