Hershey's Track & Field Games | President's Challenge | Special Olympics | National/International Athletic Programs for Kids
My name is Brandi. I am on the 4x800 relay team for the Tigers Track Club, Texas. Our team missed a medal by 2 seconds at the USATF Nationals!! This was a great experience for me! I learned how much time means!! Really means!!! Please post this PIC of my team members!! Our time was 10:57 The other team's winning time was 10:56 and they got the 8th place medal!!!
Look out we'll be back!!!
Note from the Editor: Apply for a PIN like Brandi did, then send us your running photo and story.
Program Overviews and Contact Information
Clubs: Where to start to find USATF youth teams
Youth section of USATF Web site
Email the President of USATF
firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Roe, USATF President
Email the Director of Grass Roots Programs
Andy.Martin@usatf.org Andy Martin, Director of Grass Roots
USA Track & Field
1 RCA Dome
Indianapolis, IN 46225
USA Track & Field is a member-based, volunteer, non-profit organization with
track & field, race walking and cross country programs for adults and kids.
To search for a club visit http://www.usatf.org/associations/
(USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. If you participate in any of these three disciplines as an athlete, coach, volunteer, official, administrator, parent or enthusiast, USATF is for you.
USATF's Mission Statement reflects this philosophy:
"The mission of USATF is to provide vision and leadership to the sport of Athletics in the United States, and to promote the pursuit of excellence from youth to masters, from grass roots to the Olympic Games."
Its motto is
"A SPORT FOR EVERYONE...FOR LIFE".
And while USATF has programs for people of all abilities, it also has established the Junior Olympics with the purpose of
developing future stars to follow in the footsteps of our great Olympians. JO X-C Nationals
Reno, Nevada, 2000, Photo Courtesy of the Merras
Besides providing local to national competitions, USATF also conducts instructional programs and clinics across the country for both coaches and athletes.
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
AAU Web site
AAU contact person to answer your questions
Amatuer Athletic Union
c/o Walt Disney World Resort
PO Box 10,000
Lake Buena Vista, Fl 32830
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs for all ages. Their philosophy of "Sports for All, Forever," is shared by nearly 500,000 participants and over 50,000 volunteers. Divided into 57 distinct associations, the AAU sanctions more than 34 sports programs, 250 national championships, and over 10,000 local events across the United States annually.
AAU conducts the THE AAU JUNIOR OLYMPIC GAMES annually.
AAU sports programs offered to youths include: Boys' Basketball, Girls' Basketball, Baseball, Wrestling, Track and Field, Multi-Events, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Trampoline and Tumbling, Jump Rope, Soccer, Softball, Aerobic Dance, Cheerleading, Field Hockey, Swimming, Surfing, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Hockey Inline, Golf, Powerlifting, Karate, Chinese Martial Arts, Judo, Jujitsu Tae Kwon Do, Sailing Table Tennis, Water polo, Dance/Drill, Flag Football, Canoe/Kayak, Cycling, Bowling, Rugby, Synchronized Swimming, Weightlifting, Diving , Physically Challenged, Baton Twirling , Tennis.
Hershey's Track and Field Games
Find an Event (hersheystrackandfield.com/participants/find-meet.aspx)
Contact Local, District, or State/Provincial Coordinators.
Hershey's Track & Field Games
The Hershey Company
175 Crystal A Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Hershey's Track and Field Games is designed for boys and girls, ages 9-14, and is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2007.
Hershey's meets are held in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada. The final meet is held annually, each August, in Hershey, PA.
The purpose of the Hershey's Track & Field Games is to promote physical fitness, participation, friendship, and sportsmanship.
The mission statement is: To provide a quality recreation and school program of its kind where children have fun and are introduced to physical fitness through basic track & field events, such as running, jumping, and throwing.
Events include: 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 4 x 100 meter relay, 800 meter run, 1600 meter run, standing long jump, and softball throw.
The President's Challenge
Contact program by email
The President's Challenge
501 N. Morton, Suite 104
Bloomington, IN 47405-3085
The President's challenge is a physical fitness awards program of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The goal of the program is to encourage youth to make a committment to increase physical activity and maintain a lifetime of fitness.
There are 4 different awards levels: Presidential, Physical Fitness Award (85th percentile), National Physical Fitness Award (50th percentile), Participant Award (for those who attempt all events) and Health Fitness Award (for those who reach a healthy level of fitness). This program has something for every kid who wants to achieve and works hard.
The activities include: curl-ups, shuttle run, one-mile walk/run (shorter distances for kids ages 6-9), pull-ups, and V-sit reach.
The program is to be administered by certified physical education teacher/specialists.
The program provides special instructions for homeschool instructors.
Contact Special Olympics by Email
Phone: 202-628-3630 / Fax: 202-824-0200
Special Olympics, Inc.
1325 G Street, NW / Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
The Special Olympics is an international program which as both training and competitive meets for children and adults with mental retardation.
Their oath is, "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. "
The children and adults who participate in this program are given the opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
There are 24 different sports categories included in the Special Olympics, one of which is Athletics. Special Olympics Athletics events range from the 100 meter dash to the marathon, from hurdles and high jump to the shot put, long jump and relays. For athletes of lower levels of ability there are walking events and throwing events, and for physically impaired athletes, wheelchair events and motorized events. Athletes also participate in Unified SportsŪ relays and marathon events. Please visit the Special OlympicsWeb site for more information.