Due to STAAR testing this week, there will be no Sonics practices Monday thru Wednesday. Our normal schedule will resume on Thursday.
The 24th Annual Sonics Relays will be held Saturday, May 12 at Klein Memorial Stadium. This is traditionally one of the largest and most well-run meets in the AAU Gulf District and maintaining this high standard requires lots and lots of VOLUNTEERS! If you are connected with the Sonics in some manner, please consider lending a hand during the meet and invite your friends and family members as well! We’ve set a list of roles needing to be filled at the following link. Just scan through the list and choose one that fits your availability. It’s that simple!
Your support is greatly appreciated!
The Houston Marathon Foundation’s Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship is now available through May 22nd.
The Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship is intended for exemplary students who have run cross country in high school. They need not be the best runner on the team, but an overall love of running is key. They also do not have to be planning on running on a collegiate team, but they must be Texas college-bound.
The scholarship is for $20,000 over the course of four years, and the application window closes on May 22nd.
Houston Marathon Foundation
Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship
A scholarship has been named after long time Houston Marathon Committee Board Member and Houston Marathon Foundation Founder, Susan Poorman Blackie. Susan embodied the generosity and volunteer spirit that exemplifies the Houston Marathon community of volunteers who make the event possible each year. It is this, along with her passion for life, helping others and always abiding by the Golden Rule while treating others with respect, kindness and acceptance that we honor her while creating legacy for the Houston Marathon Foundation and our mission to advance running as a healthy lifestyle opportunity.
Who can apply?
• High School Cross Country Team members throughout the greater Houston Area
• US Citizen • Resident of the State of Texas
• Plan to attend a Texas college or university (HMF does not fund out of state scholarships)
• Meet academic and class rank standards
• Meet ACT/SAT Standards • Submit an complete application with appropriate documentation
• Reside in one of the following counties: Harris, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton
What type of scholarship is available?
• $5,000 annual award for one male and one female student (Total Value potential is $20,000 over 4 years; with consecutive year approval and meeting of academic requirements)
• New Scholarship recipients will be awarded every other year
• Participants are eligible to re-apply for four consecutive years as long as he/she maintains a B average, remains in good academic standing and is enrolled as a full time student in a degree track program.
How will funds be delivered?
• Funds will be sent directly to the financial aid office and paid directly to the college or university provided by the award winners.
• Applicants must meet all requirements and deadlines • Personal Statement
• Provide transcripts and test scores
• Provide FAFSA
• List all leadership activities
• List athletic participation and community service
The application is available at the following link:
Two former Sonics athletes have signed agreements with universities in Louisiana to play volleyball. Jai’la Gray, who was a member of the 2009 AAU national champion Bantam Girls 4×400 Relay team, will be taking her volleyball skills to Dillard University in New Orleans.
Khari Woods, daughter of Sonics coach Tim Woods, will be competing for the Southern University Jaguars in Baton Rouge.
Sonics team member Alyssia Ewing has just signed an offer to compete in the track and field program at Loyola University in New Orleans. She is currently a senior at Duchesne High School where she has been on the track team led by Sonics coach, Goldy Jackson. During her tenure with the Sonics, she has competed in the sprints and discus throw.
Due to STAAR testing this week, there will be no practice at Sharpstown on Tuesday, April 10 in order to give our youngsters a better opportunity to prepare for their tests and be well-rested. We will, however, be having Wednesday practices at Westbury and Klein.
There will be no Sonics practice this Wednesday, April 4 at Westbury High School. The rest of this week’s practices at Klein High and Sharpstown High will be unchanged.
This Saturday, March 17, the Houston Pace Setters will be hosting the season-opening meet at The Rig in Pearland. Please download the flyer for all relevant details: http://www.houstonsonics.com/wp-content/docs/2018_Pacesetters_meet.pdf. If you plan to attend this meet, look for one of the Sonics coaches near the main entrance or the Sonics tent (orange and purple) inside the stadium. Most of the athletes, and particularly our new members, will be asked to run the 100m and 400m events as they serve as good baselines for tracking their development. If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact one of your Sonics coaches to discuss.
Alright Sonics, let’s get this season started with a bang!
Spring is just around the corner and so is a new season of AAU youth track and field! We always begin our seasons with a series of Saturday conditioning sessions to start getting the kids in shape in preparation for the meets that begin in mid-March. For our north side group, these sessions will begin this Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 AM at Klein High School, 16715 Stuebner-Airline Rd. in Spring. Our south side group will have their first session the following Saturday, February 24 at 1:00 PM at Sharpstown High School, 7504 Bissonnet St., Houston. These sessions can be expected to last approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
If you are new to the Sonics, we invite you to bring your young athletes out to one of these sessions to see what we’re all about before you make the commitment to join. Please make sure they are dressed appropriately for the weather and fitted with shoes suitable for running. Also be sure to bring plenty of water so they can stay properly hydrated.
The plan is to continue these Saturday sessions through March 10, weather permitting, after which we will transition into our weeknight schedule (details to come in a future email). We look forward to seeing you all at the track!