Atlanta Youth Running Foundation empowers coaches to develop an inclusive youth running team by providing tangible assets (t-shirts, uniforms, running shoes, track equipment) directly used by young student-athletes.
Investing in youth running during pre-adolescence when students are most likely to learn perseverance and consistency.
Impacting youth to be a part of something special, to be a team of like-minded youth athletes.
Partnering with grass roots community based programs, middle and high school programs who have demonstrated success in the communities we serve.
Operating since 1988 and providing over $2M of funding, our organization maintains an invested fund to last into perpetuity.
Pursuing life goals is the common theme among youth runner athletes. It is common for program alumni to earn track or cross country college scholarships, then move on to graduate school, law or medical school.
Organized in 1988, Atlanta Youth Running Foundation (formerly The Atlanta Track Club Foundation) was formed as a sister organization to the Atlanta Track Club. Originally named The Atlanta Track Club Foundation, the name was changed in 2021 to Atlanta Youth Running Foundation to eliminate confusion for donors wanting to contribute to the Atlanta Track Club.
Special Thanks from Blue Lightning Track Club to the Atlanta Youth Running Foundation:
Special Thanks from the Lightning Spikes Track Club to the Atlanta Youth Running Foundation:
The Atlanta Youth Running Foundation (AYRF) has been an integral part of our success over the years and we are very appreciative of the Foundation’s support. Without the financial support of the Atlanta Youth Running Foundation, Lightning Spikes Track Club (LSTC) would not have been able to overcome the barriers and challenges that have caused many youth athletic programs to shut down. Through AYRF’s support, Lightning Spikes Track Club has trained over 600 athletes, produced over 60 All-Americans, and assisted over 70 athletes in obtaining college scholarships. More importantly, over 95 percent of our high school seniors have elected to continue their education/career aspirations at 2-4 year colleges and universities, trade schools, apprenticeships, and the military. Below are a few success stories of current and former athletes in our program:
Madison joined Lightning Spikes Track Club at age 10 and is now a junior in high school. Madison has competed in events ranging from the 100m – 800m and she has competed in these events at the Junior Olympics and other national meets. As a sophomore, Madison set a new school record in the 400m and finished 4th in 400m at the 2021 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) 7A Track and Field Championship.
Aiden joined Lightning Spikes Track Club at age 13. Aiden competed in events ranging from the 100m – 400m and the 100m hurdles – 400m hurdles. Aiden competed in these events at the Junior Olympics. She made tremendous progress over her time with Lightning Spikes Track Club which she topped off as a senior finishing 1st in the 300m hurdles and 3rd in the 400m at the 2021 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) 1A Private Track and Field Championship. Aiden in now on scholarship at Samford University.
Kameryn joined Lightning Spikes Track Club at age 7 and learned early on that there are many ways to be successful in track and field. Kameryn was identified as a discus and shot-put thrower and she has excelled in both. Kameryn has competed at the Junior Olympics and other national meets each year and she has attained All-American status or the pas 5 consecutive years.
Christian Joined Lightning Spikes Track Club at age 11 with cerebral palsy. Despite his physical challenges, Christian excelled in the 100m, 200m, and 400m. Christian competed on his high school track and field team and is now a student at Georgia State.
Dominic joined Lightning Spikes Track Club at age 7 and has excelled as both a track and field athlete. Dominic is now 12 and has competed in the Junior Olympics over the past 5 years in various events including 100m, 200m, 400m, and long jump. Dominic has also attained All-American status twice.
Aliyah joined Lightning Spikes Track Club at age 13. Aliyah’s events range from the 100m – 800m and the 100m hurdles – 400m hurdles. Aliyah competed in these events at the Junior Olympics. As a junior, Aliyah finished 1st in the 300m hurdles at the 2021 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) 7A Track and Field Championship.
Khalif joined Lightning Spikes Track Club at age 12. Kahlif’s events range from the 100m – 400m and the 110m hurdles – 400m hurdles. Khalif competed in these events at the Junior Olympics and finished as an All-American. In 2021, Khalif signed a scholarship and is now a student-athlete at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
As a sophomore in high school, Kameryn finished 2nd in the discus and 6th in the shot-put at the 2021 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) 7A Track and Field Championship.
Part 1 – These are photos of Lightning Spikes Track Club’s 13/14 year old relay team and the same members three years later. At 13/14, these young ladies finished 12th and did not advance to the Junior Olympics.
Part 2 – At 17/18, these young ladies finished 4th and earned the opportunity to compete in the 2021 Junior Olympics. These photos embody the essence of what Lightning Spikes Track Club strives to instill in all of our athletes – teamwork, sportsmanship, trust, spiritual connection, and commitment to the process to achieve your goals.