WESTFIELD, NJ — Three Westfield High School juniors have teamed up to form “Rising Stars Training” — an athletic program for budding young athletes.
The 17-year-old college athletes – Carter Brillantes, Peter Meixner and Theo Sica – were inspired to create their own athletic training program when they noticed there weren’t many connections between Westfield youth and the corresponding high school students.
According to Brillantes, Rising Stars Training is a year-round program that pairs kids with college athletes who want to help young athletes grow and learn in their sport.
The program currently offers training in football, lacrosse, basketball and soccer for boys and girls.
Brillantes said the program is available for all ages and participants can be beginners or experts in their sport. The trainers will organize specific lessons according to your level.
Trainers will either come to the child’s home or meet at a park or school to deliver the lesson.
“There is no set schedule per lesson because every child we work with is different,” Brillantes explained. “During the first session, our coaches like to run basic exercises to find out what the strengths and weaknesses of a specific child are. Then, in future lessons, the coach will respond to those weaknesses, ensuring that that your child progresses in his sport.”
For an individual lesson, it costs $35. A group lesson with several children costs $20 per child for one hour.
Brillantes said people can choose between daily, bi-daily, weekly or even monthly classes. In order to build a relationship between coach and child, Brillantes said participants will keep the same coach throughout their classes.