Local organization donates money to track team trip
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida organization made a generous donation to a track and field team for the chance to compete on a national level.
Three young kids who have been training day after day for the past two years in Homestead, will be on their way to compete on a national level. "It's a pleasure to watch them grow. Like each year and each track meet they get better and better, so this is awesome, like to seem them out there competing is very good," said head coach Tonya Bragg.
Thanks to a local organization, they donated more then $2,000 to give the kids a chance to race against kids from all over the country. "I think they're all gonna get first place. They're gonna do really well," said Latin American Business Association director Carlos Cueto.
Courtney Vega, 7, is said to be the fastest 7-year-old in the Sate of Florida. Vega has won more then 50 medals. "Courtney runs the 100 meter like at 14.75 seconds. That's tremendous for a 7-year-old," said assistant coach Jerome Sanders.
Vega said she is ready to compete. "We practice really hard, so we can go," she said.
The three track stars would have missed out on the opportunity because traveling for the competition gets very expensive, and the family's were unable to afford it. "I think its important because it keeps the kids focused, it teaches them discipline, and it helps keep kids out of trouble, including myself," said Cueto.
With the donation, three kids will now have a chance at a national title. "I can't explain the joy the kids are going to have. Words couldn't explain this … it's just gonna be a joy beyond belief," said Sanders.
The kids will be competing on Saturday and Sunday in Orlando. If all three finish in the top eight of their age group, they will go to Detroit to compete on a national level.
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