MCC grad inspired by hosting workouts with neighborhood kids


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Cameron Wicks, a college football player, helps young athletes with summer workouts.

Carl Kotala

Cameron Wicks never thought his summer workouts would draw such a crowd.

But oh, what a summer it’s been.

The Melbourne Central Catholic graduate has been hosting workouts twice a day for children at Kerry Park in his Capron Ridge neighborhood since the beginning of summer.

“I was just working out at the park one day and I saw a lot of the kids were really interested and wanted to get fit,” Wicks said. “I asked them if they wanted to join me in my workout. They enjoyed it. And it just started from there.”

Wicks, who turns 21 this month, is a wide receiver at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is scheduled to report Aug. 16.

In the meantime, his workouts have been drawing an average of 20 children a day with most of the participants in the 8 to 13 age range. Though he does accept donations, the workouts are free.

Wicks, who at one time attended Holy Trinity before going to MCC, said his motivation for holding the workouts is simple.

“Honestly, (I’m) just helping out my community,” he said. “I was raised down here. This neighborhood … I used to come here all the time and work out and train, or just play football and just have fun.

“Now, it’s just (about) giving the kids the same outlet and opportunity I had to get outside of the house.”

Wicks designed the morning and early evening workouts with the children to focus on three specific areas.

“We do different types of speed and agility and strength drills,” he said. “We have younger people, so our strength drills are usually rope drills. As far as agility, we have our little agility poles and cones and ladders.

“As far as speed drills, I have my different resistance bands and my track knowledge. I just go off of that.”

Wicks said he has found working out with the children inspiring as he prepares himself to return to Lawrence University for his junior season.

“It’s been helping me,” he said. “They motivate me. Like this morning, I had a training session and then I went to my gym at my little garage. I went in for two hours. After that, I went and trained at the field.

“I’m at the field all day.”

Wicks’ experience this summer could end up having a big impact on his overall future.

The economics and binary entrepreneurship major is considering altering his original career path.

“Honestly, before any of this happened, I was just looking at marketing, working at a marketing firm like maybe Adidas or Nike,” he said. “But now, this is showing me my other strengths. I could go into personal training or coaching.”