Tuesday, September 13, 2011

You? A cross-country coach? Why not?

Do you get a lot out of running? Would you like to give something back?

Here's an opportunity: It's called Cross-Country for Youth, a 10-week after-school running program designed to combat childhood obesity and promote character-building among middle schoolers. More than 325 students participate in the five-year-old program run by Reggie McAfee, the first African American to break the four-minute mile barrier.

What does this have to do with you, and with "giving back"? Well, the program -- which is in about 22 Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary and middle schools and three Mecklenburg Parks -- needs coaches and character presenters.

In addition to practices, held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., student participants will be competing in a series of cross-country meets. The estimated weekly time commitment for coaches is two hours over the 10-week period; all materials and training will be provided, and it's OK to buddy up and coach with a friend.

For details on Cross-Country for Youth, click here. If you are interested, contact McAfee via e-mail (reggie.mcafee1@gmail.com) or phone (704-634-4688) this week -- the program's fifth season is just about to begin.


spinelabel said...

I heard McAfee speak at an elementary school graduation ceremony in 2008. He's an inspirational figure, all right.

Jodi Murphy said...

I think this is a great idea! Running programs never draw the same amount of attention as a youth football program, but they need volunteers too! Running isn't the most glamorous sport, but getting kids into now can dramatically impact the rest of their life.

Holly Emerson said...

It's a great program. My son is doing it for the second year and this year I'm an assistant coach. It's great to watch these kids get fitter every week. and they have a great time! They are an awesome group of people. Go Bailey!!!