MLK Blasters A youth track and field club for boys and girls ages 5-17.
The MLK Blasters Youth Track and Field Club is a non-profit organization, which offers boys and girls ages 5-17 an opportunity to participate in track and field competitions. The MLK Blasters are governed by the USA Track & Field Organization (USATF), which is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States.
our history1988 -
Founded by Adam Henderson and fellow coaches—-
Channel 10 Leadership Award—-
Special Commendation by Mayor Maureen O’ Connor—-
Amateur Athletic Union Volunteer of the Year Award—-
Special Recognition by Morse High School (our home)—-
Various news articles and headlines throughout the years—-
Over 30 National Champions, Over 10 CIF Champions, and 8 Youth National Records2012 -
Several Blasters qualified on the regional and national levels. One very special Blaster qualified for the Junior Olympics in 2012
- For most of our athletes’ families, it is at times a financial hardship to send their children to these various events that would give them opportunities, recognition, growth and experience. These children are hard working extremely talented athletes whose talents would otherwise go unnoticed and whose dreams would be tarnished. $100 can sponsor one child for one season; think of whom you can help. All donations are tax deductible MLK Blasters Track and Field Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, please contact us under the contact tab. Your generosity has the power to change lives.
In January of 1988 Legendary Coach Adam Henderson saw a need for youth programs in Southeast San Diego. With a desire to make a safer community he made arrangements with Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center and Morse High School to start a track and field team. That year the newly formed MLK Blasters consisted of 13 athletes. Years later we are proud to say at our highest, we have coached over 100 youth in a single season.
Over the past 24 years, the program has met its objectives by providing: Healthy, positive alternatives to the drug and gang activity that is prevalent and well publicized in the Southeastern San Diego area. While enhancing physical and mental fitness achieved through sports, tutoring, grade monitoring and rigorous physical activity. Furthermore, all team members must pass a fitness test and maintain at least a “C” grade point average in order to remain eligible for the team. Many of our past members are now high school and collegiate champions and have received several academic and athletic scholarships.
The program has been recognized by several noteworthy organizations for its contributions to the community. These honors are listed on the right:
Our goal this season is to compete and place nationally at the 2013 USA Track & Field National Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 9-10, 2013 Landover, MD and the Junior Olympics, July 22-28 2013 North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, NC.