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Organized in 2006 by Keith and Mireille Smith, the St Croix Track Club participates in both field events and races organized for St Croix youth. I wanted to give back to St. Croix and have a positive affect at home,” Keith says. “This is a great way to mentor kids and help groom them to become good citizens. We do more than train athletes – we want to make a serious and positive change in our community.” Since the club was formed, 121 children have been in the program.

The Smiths ran competitively and took part in a track and field club in Michigan. He says between the two of them they have 60 years of experience in track. They met at the Pan American games in 1987 in Suriname, which is where Mireille is from. Mireille holds Central American and Caribbean championship titles and records in running. Keith represented the Virgin Islands in the 1992 Olympics as a sprinter.

The Smiths say the children love the experiences they get being involved with the team. They all get to go to meets held on Tortola, Puerto Rico and Florida.To help defray expenses for the trips the students do cake and food sales and car washes. Parents also help with expenses and they hope the public will reach into their pockets too. There is a reasonable yearly membership fee that covers incidentals.

Keith adds, “Athletics affects the big picture since it takes discipline and practice, which helps develop quality citizens. The children learn to develop healthy eating and study habits.” At least 90 percent of the team members are A students. Students must maintain at least a C average to be on the team.

Further informtion about the club can be obtained by sending e-mail to stcroixtrackclub@yahoo.com.

(resource: StCroixSource.com)