Non-profit track club hosts first track meet in Madison
MADISON, Alabama – More than 100 Tennessee Valley athletes of all ages have registered for the first Parker Track and Field Club athletics meeting on Saturday. The proceeds, helping more than two dozen club runners, who have qualified for the Junior olympics, see you in Texas for the event.
“I was expecting, you know, 10 to qualify. 27 qualified! The first 8 leave. It’s a very good experience for them, they are going to have a great experience in Houston, Texas, ”said Parker Track Club leader Ezekial Parker.
Parker is also an assistant coach for the track and field team at Bob Jones High School, where the competition was held.
Parker says his nonprofit itself serves one purpose:
“It’s to help kids get off the streets, to have something to do in the summer, something to have fun with,” he said.
Parker actually revived the track club almost a decade ago. His dad started it when Parker was a kid, to keep him and his friends out of trouble.
“We started to build and build and I was lucky enough to go to the Junior Olympics. After I did that, I went to Louisville, I finished my career, and I came back and my nephew started running, so you know what, I’m going to do the same as my daddy did to me. did, ”Parker said.
The Parker Track Club was born about seven years ago. Parker’s nephew, Joe Quez Parker, is following in his uncle’s footsteps this year, as one of the members qualified for the Junior Olympics.
“I feel really good, I know I can compete with the best people in the country,” said Joe Quez.
He says he’s grateful to his grandparents and parents for pushing him. He is also grateful to the club and the principles that go with it.
“It teaches me discipline, teaches me how my mind can control my body in different ways,” he said.
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