Stallion Track Club Inc Handout
In Catawba County North Carolina, children
of color did not have any affordable sports
'to participate in during the summer months.
Of course there were sports like baseball,
basketball and soccer. However the fee to play
was very expensive. Every summer I noticed
more and more kids with nothing to do.
So they eventually got into mischievous
trouble. I was bothered because most of
these kids were good kids and once they got
into trouble they were labeled as a problem. I
wanted all kids to participate in an affordable
sport. Track and Field came to mind,
because it is a sport of endurance, time,
and measurement. It also requires very little
equipment; it is inclusive, and inexpensive.
The Stallion Track Club, Inc. began in 1984.
During our first year we had 10 high school
participants from Catawba County. I coached,
and mentored all 10, and we eventually had
9 of the 10 qualify for the national Junior
Olympics. While at the Junior Olympics I was
approached by numerous college coaches.
I realized that we could help these kids get
into college on scholarship. We were an
overnight success. The second year we had
85 participants to join from Catawba and
neighboring counties ages 5 to 18. To date
we have had over 300 kids attend college
through our program.Our mission statement is to work with
children 5-18 years old, using track and field
to exercise. We teach the nutritional value
of food in order to prevent childhood obesity
while keeping the children focused and
disciplined. Track and field is used as a vehicle
to further their education. Our efforts are to
make well rounded, civic minded individuals.
Since 1972 I have been in the track and field
industry as a participant, coach and as an
official. I have traveled allover North Carolina
and the Southeastern portion of the United
States.Darrell Pegram believes kids can run to
success, not just on the track but in school,
too. His vision is to build a one-of-a-kind track
facility that gives everyone a chance to run
and pursue their education.
Stallion Track Club Inc Handout 2
Athletic programs promote physical activity
and fitness. They provide an outlet for
children to have fun and "run off" excess
energy. Organized sports promote teamwork
and teach children how to cooperate. Players
learn how to follow directions and the rules
of the game. They are also trained in fair
play. Clinical studies also show that sports
and recreation programs can help youth
established lifelong, healthy, physical activity
patterns. Regular physical activity can ward
off life threatening diseases; reduce feelings
of depression and anxiety; help control weight
and obesity; and build and maintain healthy
bones, muscles and joints, according to the
President's Council on Physical Fitness.
Darrell Pegram is the executive director of the
Stallion Track club that was started in 1984.
"We've had 300 members go to college,"
he said. "Track is a vehicle for getting an
education. Anyone can compete. If you have
the numbers, you can go to college." "Track
and field is a non-threatening sport, it builds
discipline. It's big-time in college. Track is a
way to help you build your future".