Provided by Dale City Track Club
Dale City Track Club (DCTC) has been awarded the 2018 Track and Field District Club of the Year by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) for the State of Virginia. The award was based on the team’s outstanding success and merit working with today’s youth, tomorrow’s stars.
To qualify, the team was required to demonstrate excellence in the sport and involvement in the community. AAU rated their performance, record and previous honors. The club’s qualifications included:
- Winning the 2017 National Championship for their 8 and under Boys 4×100 Relay Team
- Winning the 2018 Indoor National Championship for their 9&10 Girls 4×200 Relay
- Earning a team record of 58 athletes qualifying for the National Junior Olympic Games
- Melvin Forest (DCTC Athlete), Hylton High School, earning an award for Athletic Achievement
- Sydney Banks (DCTC Athlete), Osbourn Park High School, becoming two-time state high jump champion and breaking the state record
- Junior Olympic athletes being recognized in Inside Nova newspaper
- Multiple athletes qualifying for Virginia High School State Championships
- Making a live appearance on Track and Field Sports talk show
- Being recognized in Prince William Living Magazine for AAU Indoor Championship success
The team also had to document its contribution to the sport overall. Head Coach Monte Evans attributes their success in this area to a dedicated coaching staff working together to get the best out of their youth athletically and academically, in addition to year-round training opportunities for their athletes and tremendous parent support. For example, coaches sponsored fifteen athletes from underserved communities to the spring and indoor season.
- DCTC coaches participated in a middle school track camp for girls preparing for their school team tryouts
- DCTC coaches established a partnership with a local sports facility to provide training
- DCTC coaches collaborated with high school coaches offering high school athlete strength training
DCTC as an organization also:
- Partnered with area businesses to provide holiday gift baskets for local families
- Volunteered service at the Dale City Parade, the oldest running parade in the country
- Partnered with The Good News Community Kitchen for a toiletry drive
- Established a partnership with local churches for a winter coat drive
- Partnered with Nike in Potomac Mills to provide shoes to 25 athletes
- Partnered with a nutritionist for free nutrition consulting and resources
- Provided academic resources via U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps partnerships
- Provided positive, nurturing environment for the development of leadership skills
DCTC is volunteer-based and has a membership of 400+ athletes annually. As an organization, DCTC specializes in athlete development, athlete exposure to education options and community involvement. They will be participating in #GivingTuesday on Nov. 27.
Established in 2010 as a track and field running club for boys and girls, DCTC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to offer youth a positive environment that is fun, competitive and social, as well as informative about the sport of track and field.
DCTC coaches and staff seek to improve athletes’ leadership skills, enhance their athletic ability, combat juvenile delinquency, encourage greater participation in school sports programs and develop character in youth that will foster necessary life skills. For more information, visit dalecitytrack.org.
The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sports. During its early years, the AAU served as a leader in international sport representing the U.S. in the international sports federations. The AAU worked closely with the Olympic movement to prepare athletes for the Olympic Games. After the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, the AAU has focused its efforts on providing sports programs for all participants of all ages, beginning at the grass roots level. The philosophy of “Sports for All, Forever,” is shared by nearly 700,000 participants and over 150,000 volunteers.