Arizona Cheetahs Track Club

Chandler, AZ   |  azcheetahstrackclub.com

Mission

In the pursuit of excellence, we are striving to get our youth to believe in themselves, take risks in life, overcome adversity, handle defeat, thrive on challenges and become winners, by developing the positive outlook that turns "ordinary" competitors into winners. Teaching them how to focus their commitment, overcome obstacles, and achieve greater personal satisfaction; and giving everyone the opportunity to achieve success at his or her own level, thus fostering self-confidence and motivation. Training is structured to strengthen the athlete's mental attitude as well as their athletic ability - helping them realize their potential on and off the track, covering the psychological concepts concentration, winning, losing and competing successfully.

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

Norine Richardson

Main address

1417 N Woodside Rd

Chandler, AZ 85224 USA

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EIN

86-0749879

NTEE code info

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Arizona Cheetahs Track Club

The Arizona Cheetahs Youth Program was established in 1989 to mentor, teach and train youth. We assist 100–200 youth ages 6–18 each year. Our program was developed to provide a positive environment and an alternative to the negative factors facing today’s youth by Norine Richardson, a retired Judge for the City of Mesa. This vision came to her while working as a prosecutor and seeing the youth come through the system. Knowing that youth enjoy sports, she started a track team, which quickly evolved into a youth program, offering mentoring and tutoring. Our program is more than the traditional sports programs, as we use this vehicle to change the course of lives by improving self-esteem and self-worth in order to produce responsible adults to live and work in our communities.

In the pursuit of excellence, we are striving to get our athletes to believe in themselves, take risks in life, overcome adversity, handle defeat, thrive on challenges and become winners, by developing the positive outlook that turns "ordinary" competitors into winners. They learn how to focus their commitment, overcome obstacles, and achieve greater personal and professional satisfaction. Each athlete is given the opportunity to achieve success at his or her own level, thus fostering self-confidence and motivation.

We help develop a strong academic base, discipline, self-control and self-confidence in our youth. We want to increase college entrance through scholarships whether academic or athletic. Training is structured to strengthen the athlete’s mental attitude as well as their athletic ability. We help our youth realize their potential both on and off the track, covering the psychological concepts concentration, winning, losing and competing successfully. The needs and/or problems we address is reducing teenage pregnancy, high school dropout, selling and using of drugs, gang involvement, violence and other negative factors that are rapidly rising. We find that the youth that are financially disadvantaged are the ones that are more susceptible to a life of crime and our program helps alleviate some of these problems by encouraging a constructive commitment to positive activities year-round.

The Arizona Cheetah’s is a non-profit organization (501(c)(3)) and is a member of the USA Track & Field Association’s youth division for Arizona. The same USA Track & Field Association (“USATF”) that host the Olympics. In USATF’s youth program, anyone who places 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in the state competition advance to the Junior Olympic Regional Championship (“Regionals”). The site for Regionals rotates throughout each region. Arizona is part of Region 10, consisting of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Border Texas. If you place 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in your region, you advance to the Junior Olympic National Championship, which is held each year in a different location throughout the country. The national championship has approximately 10,000 athletes entered into the competition and thousands of fans, college recruits, ex-Olympians and other interested parties. It is the largest, most visible, developmental program in the world. Through USATF’s youth program, we are a part of the grassroots, which will help develop future stars who will follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards, Bryan Clay, Lauryn Williams, Adam Nelson, Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi.

Our program is set up to help develop a strong academic base, discipline, self-control and self-confidence in our youth. We want to increase college entrance through scholarships whether academic or athletic. The activities of the Arizona Cheetahs are planned and directed by an all-volunteer advisory board of coaches and parents. No one is ever paid. Training is structured to strengthen the athlete’s mental attitude as well as their athletic ability. We help our youth realize their potential both on and off the track, covering the psychological concepts concentration, winning, losing and competing successfully. We attempt to increase our youth’s economic status as an adult by breaking cycles of poverty. We promote health and long life and keep the youth physically fit. Academic advisors monitor grades and tutor. We teach computer skills, how to write papers, how to complete job applications and interviewing techniques. Mentors counsel youth with family problems and other personal issues and assist them in setting and obtaining goals and discussing ways to they can be achieved. Coaches have taken kids into their homes to help parents and to give structure and balance. We also help our youth complete college applications to increase chances of entry and teach them how to network with people and tap into community resources that are not readily apparent.

The needs and/or problems we address is reducing teenage pregnancy, high school dropout, selling and using of drugs, gang involvement, violence and other negative factors that are rapidly rising. We find that the youth that are financially disadvantaged are the ones that are more susceptible to a life of crime and we feel that our program helps alleviate some of these problems by encouraging a constructive commitment to positive activities year-round.

We have some outstanding kids that qualify for the Regional and National Junior Olympics, which requires us to travel several times a year. Some these youth are unable to afford the costs involved and need assistance. The Arizona Cheetahs do not turn away anyone because of a lack of funds or a lack of ability. By giving to our organization, you can assist us in enhancing the quality of life of our youth.

The funds will be used to support our clients who cannot afford the costs involved to participate. Funds will also be used to provide scholarships to our college students, purchase necessary equipment for training, uniforms, and travel expenses. The funds will help us to expand on our tutoring and mentoring programs and to purchase new computers and job skill enhancement material. We also want to be able to offer study groups and assistance on the AIMS and SAT testing. The funding will also be targeted to getting the books, supplies and/or software needed during tutoring sessions and to create a cultural diverse organization that is representative of the community by having youth forums and more guest speakers to expose the youth to various activities and programs and to expand their horizon to different languages, businesses and cultures and education. Additionally, we are looking at adding another program for adults. We have found that we need to help the parents as well as the youth to increase our success rate.

We believe that this program benefits the community by producing better adults to live and work in our community. Studies show that the seeds of poverty and lack of opportunity are sown in childhood and children who grow up in disadvantaged families are less likely to succeed in education, and more likely to be disadvantaged as adults. We are working to change their lifestyles with education and sports for a better economic status as adults to produce healthy families and communities by assisting our youth in achieving physical fitness and discipline with workouts structured to promote physical fitness, work ethic and the self-discipline to prepare for competition and build character; mentoring provides consistent support and guidance to help our youth through difficult or challenging situations, helping them to be responsible for their futures, giving them a stronger sense of self-worth. Training is structured to strengthen the youth’s mental attitude as well as their athletic ability, helping them realize their potential both on and off the track, covering psychological concepts of concentration, winning, losing and competing successfully; tutoring improves academic ability, assisting them in attaining scholarships to meet their personal, professional and career goals; provide networking linkages to city officials, past and present professional athletes and business professionals; molding champions on and off the track, teaching the youth to know themselves, how to correct weaknesses and put to use in their lives, to be competitive regardless of the circumstances or odds, teaching them to never concede, and gain control of their lives, to realize they have the power of choice and not let their minds toil and hide in problems or shut their eyes to the possibility of having more, leading a higher quality of life; helping them to develop the knowledge to understand the risks and responsibilities of their actions, and making decisions within the context of their hopes and dreams for the future; preventing involvement in gangs and drugs by providing positive activities as a useful alternative and exposure to interlocking systems of support, control, and structure and interaction with caring, principled adults as external assets, providing webs of safety and love for stimulating and nurturing healthy development, surrounding them with support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, and opportunities for constructive use of time guiding them to make healthy choices; involving our youth in providing service to others, and to have knowledge of and find comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds, they have positive peer influences to help them resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations and we have high expectations and encourage them to do well.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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Arizona Cheetahs Track Club

Board of directors
as of 10/01/2021
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Board co-chair

Norine Richardson


Board co-chair

Yative Tiger

Eric Richardson

Jonathan Benton

Cynthia Washington