Cleveland Express Track Club established itself as a youth track & field nonprofit organization in 2008. Formally members of the Cleveland Heights Rebels, Cleveland Express became an independent organization when the Rebels head coach Claude Holland in his retirement discontinued the AAU portion of the Rebels Track Club. Recognizing a need for such programs in the Greater Cleveland Area, Cleveland Express Track Club was formed with a five member volunteer board of directors and three volunteer coaches who specialize in field, sprinting, and distance with head coach Curtis Jackson. The team is currently coached by Robert McNair, Stan Jackson, Greg Perryman, Art Pulphus and Oliver Hairston.
Cleveland Express Track Club mission is to encourage and help young people by developing them physically, emotionally, socially and technically:. The Cleveland Express AAU training season began, Tuesday, April 5th. AAU training and practice is held at Beachwood High School every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00pm until 8 pm.
This year the Cleveland Express Track Club participated in the District Track AAU Jr. Olympics meet in Bedford Heights. The Regional Qualifier was held June 30th in Lima, Ohio and this year the Cleveland Express Team qualified 55 youth to participate in the National AAU Jr. Olympics being held July 31st – August 6 in Houston Texas. The youth qualified in over 90+ events which included, individual track events, relay teams, multi-events and field events. The Cleveland Express Track Club is keeping in stride with the great sports teams in the Cleveland area. This year has been phenomenal and the Teams Coaches are ecstatic about this year’s group of youth and the skills that they are exemplifying. Express athletes hail from all parts of Northeast Ohio, and who attend schools which include: Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Warrensville, Beachwood, Twinsburg, Mentor, Euclid, Strongsville and Solon among others. Many are Merit Roll and Honor Roll students, as Cleveland Express encourages athletes to be model students and good citizens.
Cleveland Express Track Club is proud of its core values, first to promote self discipline by teaching young people how to manage their physical, mental and emotional energies and time as measured by participation in track meets and practices. Second to promote teamwork, friendship and good sportsmanship through on-going modeling, mentoring and youth to youth supervised interaction, Third to motivate athletes to achieve their highest potential (socially, academically and physically) and Lastly, To engage whole families in track activities and create a foundation of positive strength for all athletes and their families to draw upon, develop within and display with in their communities.
For More information or interviews contact: Coach Stan Jackson 216-214-6694, Coach Greg Perryman 216-694-8595 or Cynthia Brewer-Knight 216-925-2597.