If you or someone you know is an athlete in the Pittsburgh, Eastern Ohio, or West Virginia areas, look no further than GameChangers Training to get you prepared for your next athletic endeavors.
GameChangers, ran by Ameer Dudley Sr., is an athletic training facility in East Liverpool, Ohio that features four individual workout quadrants, a weight room, massage/sports therapy, an outdoor turf area, along with two Vertimax V8 systems and five Vertimax Raptor systems. The facility is located just five minutes outside of West Virginia and Pennsylvania, an ideal location for athletes in any part of the region.
While GameChangers has had plenty of highly-touted football players train there, the crew is open to players of any sport.
“A soccer player can train next to a football player that can be next to a basketball player,” trainer Stephen Nesmith told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “The way Coach Dudley sets it up is that it doesn’t matter what sport you play, boy or girl, they can all be training at the same time.”
Dudley and Nesmith have been running GameChangers with a bigger purpose than to just get the athletes in better shape.
“We are trying to get them to believe in the potential that we see in them,” Nesmith said. “When you see a kid and you can see what he is capable of but he can’t see it, that is where GameChangers training comes into the picture. What we do is we put the belief into the kid and he begins to gain confidence to be able to translate that into his expertise, whether it be football, basketball, baseball, whatever it is, we give them that confidence that when they step out there on the playing field they know what they can do.”
Fellow trainer John Cox has also been training athletes at GameChangers alongside Nesmith and Dudley, and prides himself and his team on the sense of community they have built with the athletes.
“The kids I train, we have a great relationship,” Cox said. “It is a real community. I have known these kids growing up. I know their parents, their families, I stay in touch with all of them. Past college, in the NFL, and everything. I still stay in touch, I still shoot them messages. It is just a life-long bond.”
While Cox, Dudley, and Nesmith have trained countless athletes from elementary school to college, they are in it for the relationships. They want to better these kids on and off the field as not only athletes but also as people.
“What separates us is that we are giving these kids life lessons while we are training them,” Cox added. “There are a lot of competitors out there that are charging these kids an arm or a leg, but that is not what we are in it for. We are in it to make sure these kids are getting better so they can make it to the next level. We are making sure they have all the options.”