The track & field meet gave all participants of CityParks Track & Field program, which provided free lessons in parks across the city this summer, an opportunity to experience the exhilarating spirit of the Olympics, close to home.
Teams of kids, ages five to 16, from the 13 CityParks Track & Field sites across the city competed in various events throughout the day, including Javelin, Discus, Shot Put, Triple Jump, Long Jump, 400 Meter Run, 55 Meter Hurdles, 4x100 Meter Relay, and 100 Meter Dash.
The meet also included events for children with special needs including a 100 Meter Dash that included children in wheelchairs, a Giant Shuttle Relay Race and 55 Meter Dash for Peewees, ages five to seven. Championship medals at Peewee, Beginner, and Intermediate levels were awarded to first and second place winners.
In addition, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx won the title of “Best Overall for Large Parks” and Kaiser Park in Brooklyn received “Best Overall for Small Parks.”
CityParks Track & Field offers free track & field instruction for boys and girls, ages five to 16, with lessons held twice a week from July through August in parks citywide. City Parks Foundation’s Sports & Fitness Programs, sponsored by North Shore-LIJ, offer free expert instruction to over 15,000 New York youth and seniors at over 60 locations citywide.