Cleveland Express Track Club established itself as a youth track & field nonprofit organization in 2008. Formally members of the Cleveland Heights Rebels , Cleveland Express became an independent organization when the Rebels head coach Claude Holland in his retirement discontinued the AAU portion of the Rebels Track Club. Recognizing a need for such programs in the Greater Cleveland Area, Cleveland Express Track Club was formed with a five member volunteer board of directors and three volunteer coaches who specialize in field, sprinting, and distance with head coach Curtis Jackson.
The mission of our organization is to encourage and help young people develop:
Physically: by learning skills related to the sport of track and field and improving their physical conditioning.
Emotionally: by building their feelings of self-esteem by recognizing their individual achievements as well as their peers.
Socially: by having fun, forming bonds of friendships and learning good sportsmanship and increased social capital for themselves and their families.
Technically: by learning the fundamentals of track and field and following through to participate at in a competitive arena with self confidence and poise.
The main objectives include:
• To improve physical conditioning while learning skills related to track & field by 50% by season end.
• To prepare young athletes for competition in track & field at local, regional and national levels as measured by the number who make it through each of these levels. • To motivate athletes to achieve their highest potential (socially, academically and physically) through mentorship, extra curricular reading and workshops on healthy practices for youth as measured by self reported pre/post surveys and interviews.
• To promote self discipline by teaching young people how to manage their physical, mental and emotional energies and time as measured by participation in track meets and practices.
• To promote teamwork, friendship and good sportsmanship through on-going modeling, mentoring and youth to youth supervised interaction as measured by number of contacts and interactions with adults, at track meets and practices.
• To engage whole families in track activities and create a community of positive strength for all kids and their families to draw upon, develop within and learn proper role modeling.