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Alyeska rolls out Track & Field Day 2012

For the past seventeen years, Alyeska has sponsored Track and Field Day for hundreds of youngsters in the Interior.  The games began under the leadership of Jesse Owens, an African American who overcame discrimination and other challenges to win four Olympic gold metals.  The games became exclusively an Alyeska event since the Jesse Owens foundation folded many years ago.

Organized in conjunction with the Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation Department, the annual games provide a chance for children to try out various distance races, long jumps, softball throws.  This month, on Saturday, June 9, over 350 kids aged seven to twelve descended on the Lathrop High School track for the 17th annual Alyeska Track and Field Day.

“TAPS prides itself on a culture of safety and teamwork,” said Fairbanks Communications and Public Relations Manager Lynda Sather.  “Our hope was that the young athletes competing at Track & Field Day would display these same values on and off the field—and they did!”

Alyeska provided bikes and helmets for first place winner, scooters and helmets for second place, and giant kites for third place.  Every participant received a medal and water bottles filled with healthy treats.

As Sather told participants in this year’s games, you are sure to succeed if you always remember to be safe, to do your best, and to display good sportsmanship.

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