EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) — Wayne Terronez was inspired to start his nonprofit, Pathway to Sports, because of his own experiences growing up.
Without the financial help of coaches and indirect family members, he wouldn't have been able to play sports.
The Pathway to Sports' website states:
Research shows that playing sports is a crucial part of the physical and mental development of young men and women. Youth sports increases their chances of graduating from high school and increases their knowledge retention.
Terronez said that's what the goal of Pathway to Sports is.
Fast forward to 2021 and the creation of Pathway to Sports. The organization gives children a low-cost opportunity to play sports and learn the importance of health and fitness.
Each month, Torronez hosts sports camps for kids in first through eighth grade. The cost of the camps are $10 or less, and include a lesson on goal setting and a free, healthy lunch. Click here for a schedule of camps.
"We do basketball. We do football. We do soccer. We do lacrosse. We do tennis. So, we try to have a variety of sports, not just traditional, but also the untraditional," he said.
This month's event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 3. The camp is the Aztec Cave Hike. Parents and kids are invited to join Terronez at the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountain State Park from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Attendees will hike to the caves, learn about healthy living and receive lunch. The only cost is the park's $5 entry fee.
"We think events like these are important because it gets kids and families out and moving at these local sites, and it teaches them health and nutrition can be fun," Terronez added.
Click here to register.
Follow the organization on Instagram for updates on upcoming camps.
Click here to donate.