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Registration is now open for annual "USTF Future Stars" youth track and field meet

MIAMI (May 04, 2016)

Miami-Dade youth, ages 5-18, will have an opportunity to show off their running, jumping and throwing skills during the county’s second annual “USATF Future Stars” Track and Field Meet.  The event is being presented by USA Track and Field (USATF) and the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Dade Christian School, located at 6601 NW 167th, Hialeah. The youth sporting event is part of the Youth Sports Championship Series, an initiative of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez aimed at increasing participation in youth athletics. 

The coveted “Mayor’s Cup” award will go to the top three track teams. In addition, awards will be presented to the top three individual performers in each race event.   

The cost to participate is $5 per athlete.  Participants must register online. For more information, contact Chris Evans at 305-755-7885 or ChrisEv@MiamiDade.gov.

Contested events for all age groups will include: 

•100-, 200-, 400-, 800-, and 1,500-Meter Runs

•4x100- and 4x400-Meter Relays

•High and Long Jumps

•Shot Put

Additional races will include:

•Hurdles (Ages 11 & up)

•Mini Javelin (Ages 12 & under)

•Long-Distance Running (Ages 13 & up) 

Mayor Gimenez knows first-hand the values developed from continuous involvement in athletics. “We look forward to another great year for the USATF Future Stars track and field meet, as part of the Youth Sports Championship series,” he said. “Youth sports foster an environment where children can learn essential skills like discipline, sportsmanship, and how to work well with others. These lessons will help get them on track for success in life.”

“Miami-Dade Parks remains committed to bettering the health and well-being of Miami-Dade youth through active recreation and outdoor sports activities,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. “Our partnering with USATF, allows us to provide this community with more great youth sports competitions, like track and field, which in turn gives young athletes the opportunity to excel and compete in their favorite sport.” 

“USATF developed the Future Stars Meets program to continue the robust participation of community organizations in the sport that had been fostered previously by Hershey’s Track & Field Games,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “Our first year of Future Stars Meets gave us a great foundation for expanding the program. We want to ensure these meets can flourish in their communities and continue to introduce children to competitive track and field and to USATF.”

USATF Future Stars meets are designed to provide significant support to mid-level, competitive track and field meets around the country and to foster participation by children nationwide.  For more information, visit www.USATF.org/youth.

For more information about the Mayor’s Youth Sports Championship Series visit the website.

Miami-Dade Parks is supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.