The following is a press release from TrackTown Youth League, but it’s pretty cool if you support youth track & field! I also want to give a shout-out to presenting sponsor Providence Health, and other partners including the Oregon Sports Authority, TrackTown USA, ORRC, Comcast SportsNet, Providence Sports Medicine, Willamette Valley Track & Field, Clark Foundation, Comcast, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, and Youth Runner Magazine. Thank you for supporting youth running and throwing!
More than 470 kids representing 125 communities from across the Northwest will converge this Saturday, June 10 at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon for the 2017 TrackTown Youth League Championship presented by Providence Sports Medicine. The meet will begin at 7:00 p.m., following the NCAA Track & Field Championships. A live webcast of the Championship meet, produced by Pinnacle Sports Network, will be shown online at tracktownyouthleague.com.
Saturday’s special event will mark the culmination of 14 free all-comer track meets across Oregon for kids ages 7-14, with the top two finishers in each event and age group earning a qualifying spot in the Championship. Nearly 2,000 kids — including many who had never before tried track and field — participated this spring in TrackTown Youth League meets in Astoria, Bend, Coos Bay, East Portland, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Medford, Newberg, North Portland and Salem.
The TrackTown Youth League was created by the Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA toencourage Oregon youth to become healthy and active members of the community, inspire them to have Olympic-sized dreams and further Oregon’s position as the spiritual home for track and field in this country.
“The TrackTown Youth League provides an ideal opportunity for the next generation to be introduced to the sport of track & field,” said Vin Lananna, President of TrackTown USA. “In addition to the regional meets across the state, we are thrilled to present the TrackTown Youth League Championship in conjunction with the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at historic Hayward Field.”
The TrackTown Youth League is supported by: Providence Sports Medicine, Willamette Valley Track and Field, Oregon Sports Action, Comcast, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Youth Runner Magazine, Oregon Road Runners Club, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, and the Clark Foundation.
The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation facilitates increased physical activity among Oregon’s youth through sports, physical education, and related programs with an emphasis on opportunities for underserved youth through advocacy, financial support, and program creation.
TrackTown USA is a non-profit organization based in Eugene that has been instrumental in making Oregon the destination for track and field in the United States.