Mission Statement

To provide youth athletes with the opportunity to pursue the sport of track and field and provide them with all the tools to compete at a championship level.

 

Vision Statement

To provide opportunities for youth through track and field that transitions them into the consummate student/athlete at the collegiate level. Through our programs, we aim to develop world class athletes not just in talent, but also in character, strength, and intelligence. We strive for our athletes to be scholarship athletes on, and off the track.

“I believe "Youth Track Town USA" is an unbelievable concept. If the vision is to be the Eugene, Oregon when it comes to youth track and field, I am in. And I mean, facility, program development, continuity of development.... making Georgia Youth Tracktown USA.”

“I can work with you as a special assistant .... like a Youth Track Town USA Special Assistant. I don't want a board title, just work in conjunction with you in this type of assignment. This is close to my heart, and I can compile the data, conference with you, and build messaging around it.”

I have been encouraged to campaign for the position of Youth Chairman for USATF Georgia and again called to volunteer and dedicate my time and resources to something close to my heart. And I have gone back and forth, honestly, about the decision. But after considering my own organizational mission and vision, and those of Youth TrackTown USA, I feel compelled to lend all that I have to this concept, and I believe as the Youth Chair, I can help lead the efforts to bring many if not all of its concepts to reality.

Already, I have played a significant role in the youth focused services and resources that have been implemented:

1. Offering opinions to the High Performance Committee on “Watch Lists” that support the development of USATF GA youth

2. An integral participant in both Youth Track Combines in helping to identify and cultivate local youth talent

3. Contributes as Operations Manager for The Track lab partnership in supporting developmental youth meets

In addition, I want to bring some personal passions that are also in line with the concepts of furthering Youth TrackTown USA. Transition seminars are something in the mantra of support for Youth TrackTown USA. But I want to bring transition seminars and studies not only to 16-18 year old athletes, but I also want to lend these studies to youth to scholastic (middle and high school) transition. I believe that we need to bridge gaps in how we are losing athletes as we transition to new levels of the sport. But I also have a personal passion to grow and expand middle distance representation in youth track and field. Some additional comments in my email to Dexter included the following:

“But also, I have a commitment to finding a way to grow middle distance in the sport…… Sprint coaches are a plenty in Georgia. But good or great middle distance runners seem to get lost once they hit high school at a great percentage. I want to find a way to determine whether its the detriment of puberty, or simply because middle distance coaches are in short supply at the high school level.”

I want to lend my experience to the membership as best I can to help in this area. If it means visiting practices as the Youth Chair to lend ideas on how to build better training plans for clubs that are light in that area, I am willing to do that.

I want my leadership to be transparent, and focused on driving towards the accomplishments needed to realize the visions of all of the membership that is focused on what’s best for the association and the youth athletes involved. In addition, collaborate with those who feel what we are doing is worth the work. In 2 years, and even 10 years, I want to look around and see all the people who helped make Youth TrackTown USA a reality and know that this was the moment that started the process of helping me give back to the sport that I love, and that has loved me back!

I earnestly ask for your support in allowing me to work on your behalf to do this. Thank you.

Charles Muhammad