As a strength and conditioning coach for Impact Sports Performance, Tim Naiman continues to see more and more youth walking through the doors of the Superior Sports Stable every day — young impressionable kids that are looking for that little edge when it comes to athletic competition.
In working directly with youth, Naiman has seen firsthand the dedication and desire that some student athletes have even at that age. In fact, it's the same desire that led the former Niwot athlete and graduate of Faith Baptist School in Longmont to achieve two-sport success in college, a chemist and now a certified coach with professional and collegiate clientele.
The reality is not everyone with desire plays on a level field financially, and for that reason Naiman has spent the past couple of years trying to fashion a way to present physical and mental sports training at a reduced cost.
That's how his nonprofit, Dreams Never Alter Sports Foundation, was born.
"I've really learned a lot of the tricks of the trade in my five years here at Impact, but I also understand the costs associated with keeping Impact going. It's really difficult, but sometimes necessary to turn clients away, and that goes for any facility," said Naiman, whose official title at Impact is director of football and hockey development. "We as an organization (DNA) are trying to get those stepping stones laid down for athletes, to get them to see a clear path to success."
Naiman explained DNA as a see-it-all-the-way-through organization when it comes to molding boys and girls into men and women of respectable character. Athletic achievement just happens to be the means through which Naiman wants to start that path.
He hopes to hit the ground running with DNA through two Homegrown Heroes camps to be held in July — a football skills camp at Holy Family High School July 12-13 and a hockey camp scheduled to run July 22-24 at the Promenade in Westminster.
There are many reasons why Naiman is targeting the 8-to-14 year old range of kids who want to really pursue athletics seriously. First of all, he said, it is much easier to offer them financial breaks — scholarships, if you will — than it is to a high school athlete. Also, high school athletes often are already embedded in a system from their coach that may differ from what Naiman would like to offer.
Naiman can also concentrate on overall athletic frame in younger kids than a high school player who is already built for specific positions on a football field or hockey rink.
"Setting their mind and heart and passion to something is important, too," Naiman said. "We want to hone their focus to where when they have success and they have failure, they can deal with both appropriately. And that goes beyond sport, too."
The camps will serve as an important step to inspire groups of kids by allowing them a chance to work with high school, collegiate and professional players — most of whom are also Naiman's clients.
From there, aligning individual paths to success is the next step. The hope is that at least a few camp-goers will take that leap with DNA.
"The ultimate goal is to give more and more kids the opportunity to go to college, and that could be either in an athletic or academic sense," Naimain said.
More information about DNA and the upcoming Hometown Heroes camps can be found at dreamsneveralter.com.