April 6, 2018

Track and Field

A NEW SPORT — Student athletes in IPS’ new middle school track and field program recently participated in USA Track & Field’s Run Jump Throw program at Arsenal Technical High School.

Track and Field Debuts for Elementary School Students

For the first time in IPS history, the district has added an elementary track and field league for students in Grades 4-6.

Staying true to its partnership model for elementary sports, IPS Athletics has partnered with USA Track & Field (USATF) to make this programming possible. The organization has provided equipment and supplies for team practices, as well as league coaches, with comprehensive resource manuals to help some of the first-time track coaches learn the best ways to teach proper technique and fundamentals.

On Thursday, April 5, students districtwide kicked off the season with USATF’s signature Run Jump Throw program. More than 250 students gathered at Arsenal Technical High School to learn the basics on how to be successful track athletes from trained professionals. Radio One was on hand to DJ the event, offering a fun and exciting environment.

Twenty IPS schools have created teams to join the league in its pilot season. Participants will compete in a slate of track and field events, including sprints, distance races, relays, long jump, turbo javelin and shotput. The season will feature two major meets at designated IPS high schools.

A trial meet will be held April 28 for students to experience a full track event, while representing their school. Following the meet, teams will have two weeks to prepare for the official championship on May 12.

The league is part of IPS Athletics’ efforts to give younger students additional sports options to keep them active and occupied. It will also prepare them for the next level of track and field competition in IPS middle and high school leagues, and beyond.

Urban League to Host Free STEAM Program

The Exchange, the Indianapolis Urban League’s young professional group, is offering students in Grades 6-12 — and their parents — an opportunity to learn about careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) from professionals working in these fields.

“STEAM Into the Future,” will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Developer Town, 5255 Winthrop Ave. The goal of the program is to get students interested in pursuing careers in STEAM.

This event will include employees from Salesforce and IU Health discussing their jobs and career journeys; an opportunity for parents to ask questions about STEAM education opportunities and exposure; group activities and games; and lunch.

While the event is free, registration is required. To register for “STEAM Into the Future,” click here.