In 2011 the La Crosse Track Club was formed.
The all volunteer...not-for-profit organization had
ten kids compete that first summer.
Now 70 youth athletes...along with ten coaches make
up the club.
Most competitors are currently elementary or middle
They compete at the local, state, and national level.
This all serves as a great first step for the next
generation of high school track and field athletes.
It's important for the youth to have an introductory
program, ability to see track and field, and to participate
and learn fundamentals which really is the starting
point before they can start competing at the middle
school and high school levels.
Central grad Joe Gasper just finished his freshman
season at South Dakota.
He's spending some of his free time as a volunteer
coach for the La Crosse Track Club...and is helping
his young sister Julia.
Julia watched Joe compete at the state meet at Veterans
This Saturday it will be Joe watching Julia as La
Crosse will host the Badger State Games.
I saw my brother doing it.
And now I get to do it for once so I can acutally
be like him.
It's just kind of cool to be able to teach what I've
learned from being at college and what I've learned
throughout the years and give it to her and see her
succeed in what she's doing.