Speed Camp gives student athletes a leg up on the competition

February 18, 2014

By Maria Erickson

By Maria Erickson Prospective Mount Si football players get a jump on next season.

By Maria Erickson
Prospective Mount Si football players get a jump on next season.

Charlie Kinnune builds athletes year round.

The Mount Si High School teacher and coach, who encourages his football players to stay physically fit year-round, offers Speed Camps for any and all students interested in sports.

Kinnune, who is Mount Si’s head football coach, has an amazing way with youth. Young athletes simply blossom under him. They line up from 3:30 to 4:45 every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in January and February for drills that build muscles, strength and speed. Participants exercise different drills and activities, such as core workouts, arm exercises, etc. These help improve different athletic skills and develop an overall smarter and more skilled athlete.

Currently 140 boys and girls participate. The number seems to grow each time the group meets.

One of the 140 is Max Bonda. He said he’s having a blast at Speed Camp.

“Well, I’ve been doing it since elementary school, and I’ve always had a great time exercising and hanging out with my friends,” he said.

Bonda played on the Mount Si freshman football team last season. He has been involved with multiple sports – including football – for the majority of his life, and insists that the speed camp helps him immensely improve as an athlete, both on the field and off.

That’s what he’s supposed to take away.

The camp goals include learning proper techniques and how to be a smarter athlete, improving speed on the playing field, developing core and leg strength, improving overall physical fitness, developing confidence in athletic skills and to work hard and have fun.

Like a number of others who were asked about why they showed up in the wind and rain and cold weather, Bonda said it makes him feel good. (If weather gets too miserable, the camp moves indoors.) And he said the fun part is there.

“The coaches make it so much fun. We all want to exercise, and we actually have fun doing it,” he said.

He described it a bonding experience.

“It helps us get to know each other,” Bonda said. “I’m doing it with a lot of my friends this year, and I know a lot of the other people there because of how long I’ve been doing it for.”

When asked what the overall goal of this camp was, Kinnune said that it was to “develop improved athleticism for all sports, along with learning to work hard and have fun, too”.

Kinnune is no stranger to the Snoqualmie Valley and the greater Eastside. He graduated from Issaquah High School in 1981. Kinnune has been Mount Si’s head football coach for 23 seasons. He advises the Associated Student Body at the school and helps students develop leadership skills.

Along with this winter speed camp, Kinnune also provides a similar one in the summer. The Wildcat Speed Camp program also offers an eighth grade weight camp, middle and elementary school camps and a sport court camp. Both male and female students are welcomed and he and his assistants work with youth of all ages.

The Speed Camps cost $100. Participants receive 16 training sessions, a camp T-shirt, and instruction from a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

For more information about the various camps visit www.wildcatspeedcamps.com.

Maria Erickson is a junior at Mount Si High School. She can be contacted at maria@ericksonhome.com.


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2 Responses to “Speed Camp gives student athletes a leg up on the competition”

  1. Hayley Rau on February 19th, 2014 1:26 pm

    Hi Maria!

    Awesome Article! I did want to let you know that John Zanas is actually the one who designed and puts on the Speed camps year round. :) Just figure I would let you know for proper editorials!


  2. Administrator on February 20th, 2014 10:35 am

    Sorry to leave John Zanas name out of the article.
    The Speed Camps are a great thing for the youth of our community.
    Thanks for reading the paper.

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