ARDMORE, OK --- Ardmore High School has had summer workout programs for their athletes in the past, but none quite like this one. This summer the Lady Tigers are getting involved.
"This year we decided as a group, softball, track and basketball to go ahead and try to get the girls to just be better athletes. Try to make them faster, stronger and just work on those types of agility drills to just make them just a better all around athlete," head girls basketball coach, Kevin Kelly said.
Ardmore Athletics as a whole have been trending upward as of late. And with 50 girls and 60 boys involved in this year's program, Summer Pride is constantly helping each participant become a better athlete and bring them closer to their coaches.
"As coaches, we try to get to that personal level, know them by their first name. Talk to them, see what they're doing every day. Making sure that they know that there's somebody that cares here. And if they know that you care for them, they'll come out and they'll bust their tail a lot more for you," Kelly said.
"It's just good to be able to walk in here, and just having somebody say 'good job' with your name in it. And just having that support, it's a good feeling," rising sophomore forward, Kerra Day said.
Whether you play football or softball, whether you're working on strength training or agility, everyone at Summer Pride has the same goal: get better.
"It's cool to know that were a part of something. Just knowing that were getting the work in that we need to put in to be the best," Day said.
"Trying to create a family, community atmosphere with all our sports together, saying that were all on the same page, trying to accomplish the same goal. Were all trying to get to that championship level," Kelly said.
Summer Pride is a seven week program and is held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every week day.