Providing girls access to higher education, mentorship, and sport through track and field empowerment programs
According to research conducted by the Women’s Sports Foundation, by the age of 14, girls drop out of sports twice as often as boys for factors such as social stigma, lack of access, safety and transportation issues, costs, and lack of positive role models. Track and Field was found to most likely lead to higher education at four-year colleges and positively impacts behaviors, self-esteem, and overall health for teen girls. Among all 20 sports studied among teen youth, track and field stood out as having the highest percentages of youth who excelled academically.
Track and field youth more often reported high academic achievement and positive academic self-concepts than other student-athletes. Further, track and field youth also held high aspirations and expectations of graduating from a four-year college and attaining additional education post-graduation than all other youth. Track and field was also found to have a strong positive influence on physical activity, psychological well-being, and substance use. We aim to bridge this gap with our programs.
TrackGirlz is a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing girls access to higher education, mentorship, and sport through our track and field empowerment programs.
We help girls reach their full potential through track and field. Our programs include empowerment workshopz and grants that provide resources to enable participation in track and field, educational resources, and direct interaction with women from the TrackGirlz community, including Olympians, elite coaches, and industry leaders. The sport is one of the most diverse and inclusive sports for women, appealing to various ethnicities, body types, and athletes with physical disabilities.
By the Numbers
In 2022, we empowered over 200 girls through our empowerment workshopz.
We awarded $40,000 through our grant program providing access to new uniforms, travel costs, track and field club membership fees, and training equipment, such as racing wheelchairs.
We provided over 50 direct mentorship opportunities with Olympians, world-class women track and field athletes and coaches, and trailblazers from the trackgirlz community.
We grew our social influence increasing our Instagram followers to 30K and added over 20 brand ambassadors across the globe.
We received donations and foundation grants, including the Women’s Sports Foundation and Dicks Sports Foundation totaling over $100,000.
We are a team of empowered women passionate about the future of girls in track and field.
Our goal is to provide access to the sport through scholarships and workshops, and we are grateful for your support in helping us achieve this mission.
Mechelle Lewis Freeman
Latoyia R. Williams
Executive Board Member
VP Chairman of the Board