Athletic Edge bolstering county sports
Published 6:09 pm Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Last year, Washington resident Brad Horton saw a county with some prideful high school fan bases, a collection of capable athletes (young and old) and successful recreation programs.
He capitalized on the market and created Beaufort County’s first indoor training facility, Athletic Edge, located on the corner of Berry Avenue and Highway 264. What began as a business venture six months ago has become a home for local teams. The facility itself now houses seasonal indoor soccer and recreation volleyball leagues, which have drawn dozens of participants and given local athletes an alternative to offseason training.
In December, the county’s first travel volleyball team was formed, a welcomed addition to the baseball and softball travel teams already in existence. Having the majority of its practices at Athletic Edge, the Washington Hurricanes have been able to train and, as a result, stand toe-to-toe with other area travel programs. In their first USA Volleyball-sanctioned tournament last weekend, the Hurricanes came out on top, defeating a collection of travel teams from the Raleigh area. Team organizer Jim Chrisman credits Athletic Edge as one of the key pieces in the team’s success.
But the facility’s contribution goes even deeper. The travel program will, if it hasn’t already, act as a feeder system for local middle schools and high schools. As these young women grow as volleyball players, schools like Washington, Northside and Southside will only benefit.
The Optimist Club and Washington softball programs have allowed kids in the area to remain active throughout the year, but it was always weather permitting. Athletic Edge’s facility allows local coaches and players to disregard the natural elements.
In it’s first six months, Athletic Edge has already made a difference in the community. Hopefully, that will continue into the New Year, as rec teams expand and more programs emerge.