Faith Track Club, Inc.

"We Run By FAITH!"

About Us

History

 

The Faith Track Club was born out of the heart of Rev Burnett King, Sr. His undying love for Track and Field birthed the idea that he would one day coach and mentor children in the track and field area.  From his faith in GOD this club was established in the summer of 2000. 

 

About the Coach

Coach King began running track at Jackson High School in Jackson, LA under Coach Rufus Nesbitt (a former Grambling State alumni). Coach Nesbitt inspired King to further his interest of Track & Field at the college level. King took him at his word by accepting a Track and Field scholarship from Grambling State University. As a track & field athlete at Grambling State, King ran sprints & sprint relays, with his specialty being the 200 meters. He posted a personal best in the 200 in the Spring of 1989 with a time of 20.9. King graduated from Grambling with honors in 1989. King was later called into the ministry and later to the Pastoral positions at the McKowen Baptist Church in St. Francisville, LA, the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Norwood, LA, and later to the Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church in St. Francisville, LA.

 

About Faith Track Club

The club’s name was birth from Coach King’s love for GOD and knowing that in GOD’S word, FAITH is defined as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen.  His track club was not evident yet, but he knew in his heart that GOD would bring it into existence.  In the developing year, he sought help by finding 3 Assistant Coaches to help him in mentoring and working with the athletes.  His Assistant Coaches at that time were Reginald King and Tim & Sharon Sterling; all remain with him today. In 2005, Curtis Davis and David Georgetown joined the coaching staff. Folk would ask Coach where and how would he get people interested in your club.  He would reply, “GOD will provide, they will come.” Our present staff consists of Secretary/Public Relations Chair, Ms. Shelia M. King as well as (4) “Faithful” Assistant Coaches: Reginald King, Sr. (founding coach), Sharon Sterling (founding coach), and Chris Spurlock (joined staff in 2009). In 2011, we welcome our newest addition to the coaching staff, Coach Roslyn Butler, Coaches Assistant. Coach Ros will assist the coaches in every area with special concentration on the mid-distance events & javelin throw. She will also be in charge of "Athlete Attendance".

USA Track & Field’s Southern Association sanctions our track club.  In the summer of 2000, the club began with 6 athletes with 1 athlete going on to compete at the national level in Buffalo, New York.  Each year, the club has grown and has been represented in the National Jr. Olympics. In 2001, we were represented in Sacramento, CA; in 2002,  Omaha, NE; Miami, FL in 2003; Eugene, OR in 2004; Indianapolis, IN in 2005; Baltimore, MD in 2006; Walnut, CA in 2007; Omaha, NE in 2008; Greensboro, NC in 2009; and Sacramento, CA in 2010.  

From 2002-2008, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, LA under the leadership of Rev Dr Charles T. Smith, were in partnership with Faith Track Club & rendered financial support.  This was a blessing from God. 

Faith Track Club provides a yearly banquet honoring the athletes and coaches for their annual accomplishments.  Every 5 years, athletes who have continued with Faith Track Club for 5 consecutive years are awarded sport rings.  In 2004, the first rings were presented to 3 athletes.  They were Ronnie Anderson and Michael Richardson, of Baton Rouge, LA and Tim Berry of Baker, LA and in 2005, Joe Netters received his Faith Track Club ring.

Pastor King and his staff are recognized for their selfless efforts in sacrificing their time and energy towards working with these athletes.  Coach is famous for saying, “it is all about the sacrifice, we are rewarded for our sacrifice to others” and “if you meet me and forget about me, you have missed nothing, but if you meet Jesus and forget about him, you have missed out on a lifetime.” 

Faith Track Club’s motto is “For We Run by Faith and Not by Sight!  Our mission statement is “Helping children to be their very best by emphasizing discipline, dedication, motivation and prayer through athletics”. For surely the race is not given to the swift nor the strong but he who endures to the end.”  FTC’s focus is in helping children realize and achieve their goals through athletics while motivating and mentoring them to become independent, strong achievers to the best of their abilities through the word of GOD.

 

 

“COME RUN WITH US”