Learn from Olympic Champions, Elite Coaches, and Industry Experts at our One Of A Kind Leadership Camp for Girls!

Our first Leadership Camp for Girls in Phoenix, AZ  held on January 20-21, 2017 was a success! See details below. Information for our next camp coming soon!

Featuring Olympic Gold Medalists, Michelle Carter who will take us through a preview of her “You Throw Girl” Confidence Camp, and Natasha Hastings, who will speak on the importance of self-expression!   Led by Elite Coaches and top industry experts, this camp is designed for young ladies to gain insight on what it takes to be successful inside and outside the sport of track and field.  Whether for fitness or sport specific goals, young women will be able to learn the fundamental movements that can be used to run, jump, or throw and go through leadership and personal development workshops to learn exclusive insights and tips from world-class talent on how the sport can open doors to life changing opportunities, including access to higher education, professional careers, and community and cultural experiences.  Attendees will leave this camp with a unique and impressionable experience that will impact their lives both on and off the track and field.

 

SCHOLARSHIP VIDEO SUBMISSION!

Make a 1 minute or less video on Instagram and tag @TrackGirlz or email your video to info@trackgirlz.com describing what it means to be a Track Girl to you and the impact the sport has on your life.  10 Girls will receive a $150 scholarship to attend the camp.  Only the $5 processing fee will apply at time of registration.  Available only to registrants who apply before the December 15, 2016 deadline.

Scholarships are sponsored by Barrow Brain And Spine – A World Class Destination for Neurosurgery.

“Fast, Fit, and Fly” Camp Structure – Three key components of development:

  • “Fast” – Learn effective workouts and the fundamental movements that can be used to run, jump, or throw.
  • “Fit” – Hear health, fitness and nutrition tips, workout meal plans, and recovery options.
  • “Fly” – Experience dynamic sessions covering mental preparation, leadership, confidence and self-expression, education and scholarships, and future opportunities in the sport.

 

Where?

Hosted by AZ Elite Track & Field Team at Desert Vista High School, 16440 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85048

 

Who?

Girls, Ages 13-18 – Limited to 75 Spots

 

Schedule of Events:

Friday, January 20, 2017 –

  • 4:00pm: Check-In/Refreshments Sponsored by Firehouse Subs & Coca Cola
  • 5:00pm: Welcome/Intro
  • 5:30pm: Icebreaker Session
  • 6:00pm: Body Image & Confidence Session featuring Paralympian, Lacey Henderson
  • 6:30pm: Visionary Session featuring Sports Psychologist, Dr. Margaret Ottley
  • 7:45pm: Wrap Up/Adjourn

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017 –

  • 7:00am: Check-In/Light Refreshments
  • 7:30am: Strength & Conditioning Session led by Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Jennifer Forrester
  • 8:45am: Break
  • 9:00am: Recovery Session led by Andrew Miller, F.A.T. Tools USA and Holley Deshaw, KT Tape
  • 9:30am: Nutrition Session led by Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Jennifer Forrester
  • 10:00am: Barrow Brain and Spine Sponsor Break – “Girl Talk” with Laura A. Snyder, M.D.
  • 10:15am: PWSA – Overview of Scholarships- Presented by Sandrine Nzeukou
  • 10:30am: Break
  • 10:45am: Education/Career Session led by Career Coach, Gregg Simmons
  • 11:30am: Lunch/Break
  • 12:30pm: Breakout Sessions with Run, Jump, and Throw Coaches featuring Olympic Gold Medalists Michelle Carter and Natasha Hastings.
  • 3:00pm: Break/Snack
  • 3:30pm: “Words from the Wise” TrackGirlz Panel featuring Olympic Gold Medalists, Olympians, and Elite Athletes moderated by Olympic Gold Medalist, Dan Obrien
  • 4:30pm: Competition (Run, Jump, Throw) Apply what you learned
  • 6:00pm: Wrap Up/Survey/Awards/Questions/Local Resources
  • 7:15pm: Dismiss

 

Cost?

$150 Early Registration

$175 After December 15, 2016

Pricing includes meals, swag bag, workshops and training. Transportation and Lodging is not included.  There is an additional $5 Processing Fee.

One coach is allowed to attend the camp for free per athlete/per school. There is a $10 fee for each additional coach that attends the camp from the same school due on-site.

A $25 Multi-Person Discount applies starting with the third, then every additional attendee for coaches or parents who register 3 or more athletes at the same time. If you need to pay using a PO, please send an email to Mechelle Freeman at mechelle@trackgirlz.com to process payment.

Cancellation policy: Due to prepaid expenses incurred by the camp, there are no refunds within 30 days prior to the camp’s start date. Between 30 and 60 days prior to the camp’s start date a 50% refund will be given in the case of cancellation. More than 60 days prior to the camp’s start date, there is no penalty for cancellation.

 

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Contact: Mechelle Freeman with any questions. Mechelle@trackgirlz.com

Special Guests, Industry Experts and Elite Coaches Included:

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Natasha Hastings, Olympic Gold Medalist

UA Athlete and U.S. Sprinter, Natasha has been dominating 400m sprints since her college days at the University of South Carolina, where she won national titles in indoor and outdoor seasons in 2007. She’s been a staple on the US National 4×400 relay team ever since, helping the team win six international medals, including two Olympic Gold Medals in 2008 and 2016. Not only is she known for her talent, she has coined herself as the “400m Diva” to reflect her love for her sport, beauty, and fashion.  In addition to being asked for fitness tips by her fans, she is paraded with requests to know the different color lipsticks she wears to her competitions.

Michelle Carter, Olympic Gold Medalist

Michelle Carter, Olympic Gold Medalist 

Olympic Gold Medalist, American Record Holder, 7-time USA Champion, 2015 World Championship Bronze Medalist, Ranked number 1 in the USA, and number 3 in the WORLD, Michelle Carter, has excelled at the national and international level of track and field for more than a decade. Michelle was also a stellar athlete in high school who won four back to back 4A track and field championships in the shot put and discus, garnering the state record in discus. Daughter of shot putter, 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist and San Francisco 49ers nose guard, Michael Carter, Michelle the former national girls’ prep record-holder in the shot put at 16.73m/54-10.75. Her father, Michael, is still the standing national boys’ prep record of 81-3.5, set in 1979. Michael and Michelle Carter are the only father-daughter duo of their kind.

Michelle is the founder of You Throw Girl Sports Confidence Camp, a sports camp that focuses on the complete female athlete through confidence building and athletic empowerment. As owner of Shot Diva’s Makeup, one of her favorite quotes is “When you look good…you feel good and you will do good”. She’s a firm believer in bringing beauty on the inside, out.

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Jennifer Nash Forrester, Celebrity Fitness and Nutrition Expert

Jennifer Forrester’s competitive spirit, passion for movement and commitment to helping others were developed at a young age. At age 8, she began to excel in track and field. Her competitive nature helped her earn a full scholarship to compete as a sprinter at the University of Washington. To this day, Jennifer says running is still her exercise of choice.

Since graduation Jennifer has studied movements and developed her own unique approach to cross training with fun dynamics that keep your body guessing and engaged. Jennifer and her former college track teammate started posting their synchronized workouts on Instagram as TwoBadBodies in 2014. Within a year, they gained more than 380,000 followers and became recognized as one of Instagram’s top fitness accounts. The opportunity of a lifetime presented itself when the Office of the First Lady asked TwoBadbodies to collaborate with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign. It was a natural fit to partner with the nationwide initiative aiming to create a healthier future for kids and families. The First Lady challenged TwoBadbodies to help spread the word by creating a series of workouts. They gladly accepted the challenge and posted their videos each weekend, challenging thousands to get up and move. Jennifer has been featured in a number of publications including Vogue, Self, Cosmopolitan and many others.

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Dr. Margaret Ottley, Sports Psychologist

Dr. Ottley is the founder of SANKO-FA HP (HyPower Performance) LLC, Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology. Her major accomplishments as a sport/exercise psychology consultant were serving two countries at three Olympic Games – Rio 2016, London 2012, and Athens 2004 with Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee and the Beijing Olympics 2008 with USA Track & Field (USATF).

Last year she was the keynote speaker for USATF’s Professional Athletes’ Retreat held in Los Angeles – this was her 3rd retreat with the World’s #1 T&F Team (2011, 2013, 2015). Her focus was on mental discipline essentials for major competitions, i.e., Rio Olympics 2016. For USATF, she has also traveled with teams to IAAF World Youth, World Juniors & Pan American Juniors. In addition, she does 3 international games for Trinidad & Tobago Pan American, Commonwealth and Olympic Games (2002-2016).

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Gregg Simmons, Career and Education Specialist

Gregg has over 20 years of career services and corporate human resources experience. Gregg is a true advocate for career services and he has created & established career services and/or career centers for various schools, universities, athletic programs / teams, and non-profit organizations throughout the United States.

Gregg is very passionate, energetic and truly enjoys working with students, athletes and the military with their career transition and helping them be employable. As an Adjunct Instructor, he has taught a university career exploration course since 1995. He was the Director of Athlete Career & Education for the United States Olympic Committee, responsible for career and educational services for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Gregg has also successfully coached elite, collegiate & high school athletes in Track & Field, and is a USA Track & Field Level II coach in Sprints & Hurdles. Gregg is also, a former collegiate Athletic Director, Head Coach and Academic Counselor.

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Hafsa Kamara, Olympian/Sprints Coach

A 2016 Olympian competing for Sierra Leone, Hafsa started running track as a child in Africa, being raised by her grandparents. Once back in the United States, she competed in other sports including basketball, soccer, dance, and softball. It wasn’t until her senior year in high school that she was able to really get back to the track and be impactful. She is motivated by the up and coming athletes in her country who are looking to represent Sierra Leone at a higher level and by family and friends who have supported her in all of her endeavors and continue to encourage and uplift her.

Hafsa’s ultimate goal is to inspire young Sierra Leone girls to surpass any challenge and help them know they can be impactful as women, especially in sports. Her personal goal is to be the first Sierra Leonean to medal in a major competition and to rewrite her country’s athletic history with her accomplishments. Her community goal is to start a foundation that will implement sports and fitness at a young age to the Sierra Leonean community.

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Lacey Henderson, Paralympian/Jumps Coach

Lacey Henderson was just nine years old when her leg was amputated above the knee in a lifesaving measure after the diagnosis of a rare soft tissue tumor in her knee. It was a tough time for a young girl, but Lacey’s focus wasn’t on the negative. Instead, raised with the mindset that if you want something in life you’ll find a way to make it happen – no matter the odds against you – an energetic and active Lacey didn’t hesitate to take on the toughest of challenges, including highly competitive cheerleading in high school and at the college level for Denver University.

It was just four years ago that she began competing in track and field for the first time since her amputation, and she is quickly making her mark. Currently the American record holder in her competition categories for the 200m and the long jump, Lacey also has her sights on breaking the American record for the 100m.

Competing in Rio 2016 Paralympic Games has meant plenty of foreign travel and putting her career goals on hold, but that’s just fine with Lacey. With a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, a minor in French and International Studies, and a future Master’s Degree that she hopes will one day land her a job with the US State Department overseas, Lacey feels at ease just about anywhere.

Lacey has joined forces with Dani’s Foundation, a Colorado nonprofit that focuses on the effort for greater awareness of the symptoms of pediatric sarcoma. She also devotes considerable time to mentoring teenage girls dealing with body image issues exacerbated by their limb differences, letting her example guide them to a greater confidence and recognition of their endless potential. “I hope my life experience can help others. I always share that life is so happy, just embrace it and recognize a blessing in disguise. You, too, can learn to fly.”

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Mechelle Lewis Freeman, Olympian/TrackGirlz Founder

Founded in 2015 by Track and Field Olympian Mechelle Lewis Freeman, TrackGirlz was born after she realized how underutilized and unrecognized phenomenal world class track and field women and girls were considered.  A Maryland native, she has a background in marketing and advertising, earning her bachelor and master degrees in Communications from the University of South Carolina, and experience working with global brands and agencies.  Mechelle saw an opportunity to create a brand to provide a consistent voice to help create and maintain relevance for track girls beyond the Olympic Games so she created a track and field aspirational brand offering athleisure apparel and fitness events, authentic lifestyle choices for track girls.