Boy's Track & Field Team

$1,955 of $1,300 goal

Raised by 44 people in 31 months
I teach at an urban school serving a low income area of Memphis, TN, so as you might imagine, the track & field budget is very limited.  In fact, it will barely cover the buses for our scheduled track meets.

However, what our team lacks in money we make up for in determination.  Our athletes run sprints on the sidewalk in front of the school, or laps around the dilapidated football field because we don’t have an actual track to practice on.  A donation to our cause would purchase the equipment necessary for our athletes to compete on a level equal with other schools.  For example, with a measuring wheel, we can mark accurate distances on the field for them to practice running.  We also need a shot put, discus, starting blocks, batons, stop watches, and water bottles.

In the past our team has run in the football warmups (a spandex shirt and basketball length shorts).  New track-specific uniforms (singlets and running shorts) would give our team the edge and confidence to excel at track meets.

Because of the area our athletes live in, they come to the starting line with certain disadvantages, but basic equipment should not be one of them.  Your donation will make a huge difference in leveling the playing field for these 12 high school athletes (and those in years to come) and may launch them on a path to run track in college.

Here is a breakdown of where your donations will go:

Uniform tops: $13.60 each
Uniform bottoms: $15.60 each
(We can outfit our whole team for $350.40)

Shot put: $20

Competition discus: $40

Starting blocks: $76.29 each
(We plan on purchasing at least two for $152.58)

Four relay batons: $21.95
(The 4x400 and 4x800 are where these students shine)

Measuring wheel: $41.38

Two stopwatches: $15.90

Invitational track meets: entry fee $75 each
(We have four non-invitational meets already set in stone, but would love to enter at least two invitationals to give our athletes additional opportunities to qualify for the district and state championships)

Water bottles and carrier: $30

Our season officially started two weeks ago, and our first meet is scheduled for Thursday, March 17.  We would like to order the equipment as soon as possible, hopefully by March 13, but we will happily accept donations throughout the season.

If we do not reach our goal of $900, we will purchase what we can from this list, starting with the most essential (measuring wheel, batons, shot put, and uniforms).

If we exceed our goal, we will put the extra money towards transportation to a track to practice on occasionally and additional invitational meets.

Thanks in advance for believing in and supporting Sheffield High School’s boy’s track & field team.  Your thoughtfulness and generosity will go a long way in helping each of these athletes succeed!
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We had a great season thanks to your support! One boy made it to the finals of sub-sectionals, where he placed 6th in the 1600 and 400 meter run. We also had a third place finisher at the city finals in high jump, along with 5th place finishes in the 300 hurdles and 1600.

Thanks to your donations, we were able to purchase all of the equipment we needed, some of which included uniforms, blocks, a shot put, batons, and a measuring wheel.

We were also able to attend several invitational meets, which pushed our team to beat their previous times because they were competing against faster runners.

Thanks again for your donations! They were an integral part of our success this year and will continue to help students at the school in years to come!
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Here is a slow motion video of one of our athletes, Kamrey, during his 300 hurdle race at the High School city championship today. He qualified to compete in the 300 hurdles (placing 6th overall today) and the 1600 meter run (placing 5th overall today). The whole team is excited to compete in Sub sectionals soon for the chance to qualify for sectionals or state. Thanks again for your amazing support!
Kamrey running 300 hurdles
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We have had a great season so far! Here is one of our athletes competing in the high jump at an invitational meet we were able to attend thanks to your donations! He placed 6th overall at the meet!
Our high jumper in action
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Our team is so grateful for everyone's support! A few of the athletes met me at a track this morning to practice. Watch the video to see them practicing high jump and throwing our new discus!
Sheffield students jumping and throwing.
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Peter Hyoung
30 months ago

Thanks for all the updates Jess! Your track team looks legit! The picture of your high jumper is pretty awesome. Give him props for placing 6th overall!

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$1,955 of $1,300 goal

Raised by 44 people in 31 months
Created March 5, 2016
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31 months ago
Hallie Eilerts
31 months ago

go Jessie! go Sheffield track!

31 months ago
Peter Hyoung
30 months ago

Thanks for all the updates Jess! Your track team looks legit! The picture of your high jumper is pretty awesome. Give him props for placing 6th overall!

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