Quinn Schneider in his preseason football Speed & Agility Training with Coach Greg Rhodes from Speed Killz.
Teenage athletes looking to be better, stronger and faster than their opponents might be well served to check out the Georgia Sports Center's Speed Killz sports performance training program.
Scott Ward, president of Georgia Sports Center in Loganville, announced that his business has recently partnered with former NFL practice player Greg Rhodes to offer the program.
Aimed at all athletes, including those who compete in baseball, softball, football, basketball, volleyball, soccer or track, Speed Killz blends speed and agility training with strength building and conditioning.
"Our focus is that middle or high school athlete trying to push it to the next level," said Ward. "It can totally change the way a player performs. It's the differentiator."
Rhodes is the owner of Speed Killz, which will be offered through the Georgia Sports Center.
An exceptional athlete since high school, Rhodes played football for the University of Carolina, where he also earned a bachelor's degree. He went on to play on the practice squad for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, and spent time interning with the Carolina Panthers as a speed and conditioning trainer.
Working alongside Rhodes is Salem High School graduate Ryan Pye, who played high school and college baseball. Pye holds a master's degree in kinesiology from Georgia Southern University.
The Georgia Sports Center, located at 1021 Karlee Boulevard in Walton County, is primarily a training location for baseball and softball players.
The center is a 9,000-square foot building that offers 6,000 square feet of turf which can be transformed into several smaller spaces using nets. There are also batting cages, an Iron Mike pitching machine, a HomePlate pitching machine, an indoor turf mound and two outdoor clay mounds.
"A lot of what we do here with baseball and softball is private instruction, team training and sports clinics," explained Ward.
The facility also provides weight equipment such as Smith machines and standard bench squat racks.
"It's the same type of equipment that you would see in a gym, but the thing that makes a difference is that we have trainers," said Ward.
The space also offers a spacious waiting area with sofas, televisions and free Wi-Fi.
Ward said that the Speed-Killz sports performance training program is available on an individual, class, camp or team basis. The program can even be brought to a school.
Ward said he's pleased to have someone of Rhodes' caliber offering his services in the east metro area.
"There's a major need for that. There's a lot of skill and team training within sports but from a performance training perspective, this area is kind of behind," he said. "Speed Killz is going to be a great addition to the Georgia Sports Center."
The Georgia Sports Center will have an open house on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors are welcome to tour the facility and trainers will be available to work with children on lessons for baseball, softball and sports performance training.
To learn more, visit www.gasportscenter.com or call 770-554-3338.