From the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority…
The Harris County – Houston Sports Authority has been working with the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) over the last few years in hope to move their Football Championships to Reliant Stadium and the Basketball Tournament to Toyota Center. The hard work and relationship-building has paid off as both SWAC events will be in Houston for the next three years and playing in professional sports venues for the first time in history!
Within our families and communities we all know someone who has attended a SWAC school so we know how the spirit of these incredible schools can inspire and motivate our children and communities. This is your invitation to be part of history and be part of the SWAC spirit which will leave a lasting legacy within our communities.
We are so excited about the Toyota SWAC Football Championship taking place at Reliant Stadium on Dec 7th 2013. Not only will Jackson State University take on Southern University for the Championship trophy but every SWAC school band will take part in Battle of the Bands! Our children and communities can and will be inspired so we want them to experience the SWAC history and exceptional spirit both now and in the future.
YouTube promo video can be seen here. All ticket and event information can be found at www.swacfootball.org.
We at the Houston Sports Authority are here to help you. If you require anything else to support this fantastic community opportunity and the future of SWAC in our great city please do let me know.
Come eat, have fun with your Sonics teammates and friends and 20% of the proceeds will go to Sonics Youth track team. Also, we will be collecting all the fundraiser popcorn orders. This effort will go a long way toward preparing our organization financially for the 2014 track season.
Date: Sunday, October 6
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Fuddruckers – Meyer Park, 10101 S. Post Oak Rd., Houston, TX 77096, 713-904-2235
Locate the restaurant on Google Maps.
Ex-Sonic athlete, Kimberlyn Duncan, is once again a nominee for a prestigious collegiate award. This time it is Sports Illustrated’s College Athlete of the Year.
As fans we can visit the site and cast our votes for Kim against some heady competition. Go Kim!
Coach David Hebert was introduced to the Sonics in 2004 when his daughters, Utopia and Aubrionna, were 11 and 7 years old, respectively. At one of Utopia’s first Sonics practices in Stafford, the uninspired soon-to-be coach attempted to take a nap on the high jump pit. Utopia ran up to him to say, “Dad, you are embarrassing me! No other parents are taking naps. Please get up!” So he got up to appease his oldest child.
“Education and exercise are life-long commitments. As long as you have the freedom to think and move, it is never too late to finish what you started.” –David Hebert
Later in the season, the 240-pound coach watched the parent-coaches relay at the South-Belt meet in Pasadena. Seeing other men his age running was an inspiration. Upon joining the coaching staff the following year, he had met enough other Sonics coaches (Ernest Bell, Barry Minter, Brian Edwards) to assemble a parent-coaches relay team for the Sonics. (By the way, we could still have one. But Coach Goldy and Coach Melvin don’t seem to want to run any longer. But that’s another story.)
Anyway, the following year, coach David found an email declaring that his employer, GE, had a corporate relay team that had held a 9-year National Championship winning streak. In the effort to make the team, Coach David lost 35 pounds to qualify for the 2006 team. GE won again, and haven’t lost since.
In 2013, Coach David has once again qualified for the GE Runners team, in preparation to defend their 16-year unbeaten streak. Coach David will be running the 600-meter leg of the Senior’s Relay.
For more information on the US Corporate Athletics Association, go to: http://uscaa.org/
For you high school athletes who are aspiring to run track at the collegiate level,
here is an informative article detailing some of the dos and don’ts in the process of finding a scholarship opportunity at the right school.
Being an AAU member now has yet another benefit, nationwide discounts at the Motel 6 lodging chain.
While it’s still a long way off, it’s not too early to begin thinking about making reservations for the Junior Olympic Games to be held in Ypsilanti, MI (Detroit area) at the end of July. Keep in mind that reservations can be transferred to others at a later time if it turns out that you are unable to attend.
Four former Sonics athletes have graciously agreed to join the Sonics coaching staff this year and continue the proud tradition of “giving back”.
Grecia Bolton was the 2007 AAU Junior Olympics champion in the Young Women 100 meter dash. She then went on to run for the Houston Cougars as a scholarship athlete and went on to qualify for numerous appearances at the NCAA Championships.
Sandra Iwunze was the 2005 AAU Junior Olympics champion in the Young Women 400 meter hurdles. She later became a scholarship member of the Texas Tech women’s track and field team. She was twice the Big 12 Conference champion in the 400 meter hurdles, set school records in both the 100 meter and 400 meter hurdles, and was a member of their 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.
Jessica Ohanaja won AAU Junior Olympics titles in the 100 meter hurdles in 2002 and 2003 in the Intermediate Girls and Young Women’s divisions, respectively. She later became one of the most successful hurdlers ever in the LSU Tigers program earning All-American honors seven times. She also competes professionally for the Nigerian national team.
Davina Orieukwu was the Texas 4A girls state champion in the discus throw in 2006 for Westbury High. After graduating, she joined the Ole Miss Rebels track and field team specializing in the discus and shot put.
Early season conditioning practices will begin on Saturday, February 9. The north side group will meet at 11:00 AM at Klein High School while the south side group meets at 1:00 PM at Sharpstown High.
Below are the 2013 team fees and registration packet. Please plan to have all forms completed and fees paid prior to your athlete(s) meet participation. This season’s first meet is scheduled for Saturday, March 16.
2013 Team Fees
2013 Complete Registration packet