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Coaches stay connected to students at home through social mediaSubmitted: 03/23/2020
Story By Mazie Vincent

Coaches stay connected to students at home through social media
RHINELANDER - Athletes across country are trying to cope with sports being put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.

With the future of spring sports up in the air, many high school coaches are trying to find ways to keep kids motivated and working out from home.

One Rhinelander coach is using social media to do that.

"Hey everybody Coach Kraemer setting up another week of in-season training for a lot of us."

This is the new normal for coaches across the country.

"We have an opportunity to better ourselves," Kraemer said.

Rhinelander track coach Aaron Kraemer is using Facebook to keep in touch with his athletes and students.

"I'm urging you to remember the things that we talk about all the time in our sports. That is to control what you can control and do the best you can with the opportunities that you have," Kraemer said.

Kraemer is challenging his athletes to try and do the exact workout they would do at school.

He's made spread sheets that outline workouts for each day. All exercises and workouts can be done from home or outside in their own neighborhoods. Sprints, weight training, stretches and of course good rest. 

"One thing we can control is, the way we workout and the things that we do," Kraemer said.

Most importantly, he hopes the kids take this time to learn about themselves.

"I urge you all to just take a chance to sit down, talk to your family, talk about what's important and talk about structuring the time to do certain things. Make it the best for finding what you are good at, what you can build and what you can do," Kraemer said.

Sports might be on hold for a while. But Coach Kraemer says he's using this platform to try and keep his kids on track and be a shining light in these trying times.

"You have an opportunity to be better and to get better and be the best possible person coming out of this. Don't wallow in self-pity or self-loathing. Don't wallow in what's been taken away from you, celebrate what's been given to you and the opportunities that we have," Kraemer said.




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