Who We Are
We are a nonprofit organization providing track and field opportunities for youth ages 6-18. All levels of athletic ability are welcome, since emphasis is on setting personal goals and training to attain those goals. We were established in 1989 to mentor, teach and train youth. Our program was developed to provide a positive environment and an alternative to the negative factors facing today’s youth offering track &field, mentoring and tutoring.
In the pursuit of excellence, we are striving to get our youth to believe in themselves, take risks in life, overcome adversity, handle defeat, thrive on challenges and become winners, by developing the positive outlook that turns "ordinary" competitors into winners. They learn how to focus their commitment, overcome obstacles, and achieve greater personal satisfaction. Everyone is given the opportunity to achieve success at his or her own level, thus fostering self-confidence and motivation.
We help develop a strong academic base, discipline, self-control and self-confidence while working to increase college entrance through scholarships whether academic or athletic. Our training is structured to strengthen the athlete’s mental attitude as well as their athletic ability. We help them realize their potential both on and off the track, covering the psychological concepts concentration, winning, losing and competing successfully.
The Arizona Cheetah’s is a non-profit organization (501(c) (3)) and is a member of the USA Track & Field Association’s youth division. The same USA Track & Field Association (“USATF”) that host the Olympics. In USATF’s youth program, anyone placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in his or her state advances to the Junior Olympic Regional Championship (“Regionals”). The site for Regionals rotates throughout each region. Arizona is part of Region 10, consisting of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Border Texas and Utah. If you place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in your region, you advance to the Junior Olympic National Championship, which is held each year in a different location throughout the country. The national championship has approximately 10,000 athletes entered into the competition and thousands of fans, college recruits, ex-Olympians and other interested parties. It is the largest, most visible, developmental program in the world. Through USATF’s youth program, we are a part of the grassroots, which will help develop future stars who will follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards, Bryan Clay, Lauryn Williams, Adam Nelson, Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi.
The Arizona Cheetahs Track Club is based on Christian principles and is a family organization that stresses academics, athletics and personal excellence which is run by an all volunteer staff. No negative comments or foul language will be tolerated, including, but not limited to, racial slurs, name calling, etc. We demand commitment and positive attitudes. The Arizona Cheetahs Track Season runs from January through June. Athletes qualifying for Regionals and Nationals will continue until the end of July. Mandatory practice is held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Chandler High School. Practice is sometimes called on Saturdays as needed. PLEASE BE AT PRACTICE TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD BY 7:00PM EVEN IF PRACTICE IS NOT OVER. If you cannot make practice, please let Coach Norine, Coach Yative or Coach Cynthia know that you will not be there. Transportation to and from practice and track meets is the parent's responsibility. If an emergency ride is needed, please contact a coach as soon as possible. We encourage you to find out about who lives in your area for the purpose of carpooling and emergency rides.