The mission of MacCanDo- Help at-risk youth reach their full potential through track and field opportunities.
MacCanDo Tenderloin Youth Track Club is the first non-profit track club formed in
MacCanDo provides children with a safe environment where they are encouraged to work hard to reach their goals as student athletes. The goal of the club is to help children build confidence, self-esteem, promote overall health, and most importantly, HAVE FUN.
NEW ENROLLMENT During fall training (September through November) of every year.
NEW MEMBERS must be between the ages of six and twelve at time of enrollment. Student/athletes may continue to participate in our program after age twelve if they enrolled prior to turning twelve.
Education is one of the driving forces behind the mission of MacCanDo where staying in school and making constructive choices are important components of our program. MacCanDo tries to strike a balance between school and participation in outside activities. Student athletes are required to submit their report cards at least twice a year.
MacCanDo has finished the 2015 regular track season. In spite of the fact that our student-athletes could not practice on a track due to the Kezar track closure, their overall performances were phenomenal. All showed incredible improvement and performed very strong at the competition. Qualified athletes will advance to the AAU National Championship qualifier in June.
This season, team captain Sean Love competed in the 200m dash, long jump and triple jump. Sean, who was a member two years ago, returned this year demonstrating tremendous leadership skills, leading our younger MacCanDo team at practices and meets with warm-ups and track drills. Sean`s hard work and humble, gracious attitude toward the sport of track and field and our team members persuaded Coach Rob to appoint him as a team captain. Sean is also training for the Region 22 National qualifiers in the triple and long jump in June.
A great performance by a rookie student-athlete was witnessed at the 12th Annual Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet in May. Rookie 8-year-old Makya Barnes won first place in long jump for her age group. This is the first gold medal for MacCanDo in long jump at the Tommie Smith youth meet, and the second time for the Club since former Captain Christian Eik won the title in shot-put for his age group four years ago. Makya attended all the track meets during the regular season and will be competing at the Region 22 National qualifiers in June.
Also at the Tommie Smith meet, another rookie, Abrea Lewis received a bronze medal in shot-put and placed in javelin throw for her age group. Dylan Fulton, who is recovering from last year`s injury, snatched a gold in shot-put and placed 5th in the mini-javelin throw.
A girls 4x100m relay team made its debut at the CA track meet in April. In the girls age group 9-10, Makya, Rosie, Kira, and Abrea ran their first relay race. It has been five years since the MacCanDo girls relay team was formed and running.
Head coach McDaniels had a once in a lifetime experience this spring. He was selected for a member of the Masters Shuttle Hurdle Relay at the 101th Penn Relay on April 24. This was the first time ever for the Penn Relay to host the masters’ shuttle hurdle relay race. Coach Rob received a bronze medal as a member of U.S.A. Team White. Coach Rob`s masters season will continue for the Masters World Championship at Lyon, France in August.
MacCanDo would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the parents, supporters and members of our communities. Very special thanks to our three volunteer coaches, Coach Brittany Anderton, Audrey Crouse and Samantha Henderson, who trained our kids to get in shape and got them ready for theseason’s busy competitions. Our coaches also work year-round with the program. Sometimes they become great friends to the young children, and sometimes they are viewed as strict coaches. We do know for sure, however, that their love and dedication to the team and our children enhances the team’s growth and builds trust. Our coaches make a tremendous difference in Team MacCanDo and we are grateful for their time, caring, and dedicated efforts. THANK YOU, Coaches!
We also want to thank the Sports Basement and Ms. Ian Ballantine for the donation of track spikes. All of our student-athletes are now able to have spikes in all sizes! This was a most welcome donation as the children grow so fast and their parents have to keep buying the shoes.
We`d like to take this opportunity to THANK individuals and organizations who have made donations to the MacCanDo Tenderloin Youth Track Club this season but chose to remain anonymous. Without your support, we could not have had such a tremendous track season this year.
To our young athletes who gave it their all, our dedicated coaches and parents, our thoughtful sponsors and donors, we came together and created a remarkable team. Thank you.