Athletes put through combine at Empowering Athletes for Life event

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) The first ever "Empowering Athletes for Life" college combine took place at the UW Health Sports Factory on Saturday.

The combine puts athletes through traditional and non-traditional drills like pull-ups, broad jump, seated jam ball throw and 40-yard agility. The workout is designed to adapt to all athletes of age, ability and sport.

150 participants signed up for the combine, with results going out to more than 30 college coaches. United Athlete Training owner Shane Lawson said this type of event is perfect for those who have not yet committed to the next level.

"It gives them a little bit of exposure and some might be hidden in the weeds a little bit, that aren't the superstar on the team, but (their) work ethic and physical ability could be through the roof," said Lawson. "As long as we can get some good data on them, we're going to be able to show coaches that hey, this kid is ready to play at your level physically and maybe give them a look."

"It could be the difference between being overlooked or getting noticed just from getting some results in testing."