Mercury Youth Organization, Inc. (formerly known as Mercury Track Club, Inc. or abbreviated as MTC) has operated as metropolitan Atlanta’s premier youth track & field club since its beginning in 1972. Early in 1979, Augustus E. Pritchett ultimately took over sole leadership of the organization.
Mercury, the messenger of the Roman gods, moved like the wind with wings on his feet. Mercury Youth Organization, Inc. (MYO) has taken his name and its inspiration from this god of speed. The idea for The Club was created to fill a void in the Atlanta area to develop track and field into a more meaningful [youth athletic] sport in the southeastern region.
As a result, an organized and highly competitive track and field program was established. In addition, the development of the organization has afforded many children an opportunity to participate in track and field events which ordinarily would not have been possible. The positive results of their athletic training often carries over to foster improvements in classroom work as well as to enhance family and interpersonal relationships.
The Club is a bi-racial, non-profit youth athletic organization and a member in good standing of both Georgia and National AAU and USATF Associations. While the Club stresses the importance of excellence, both young men and women ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old are encouraged and afforded the opportunity to participate regardless of their athletic skills. From its infancy, MTC has structured its approach with youngsters, many from low-income families, upon the following objectives:
1. To strengthen young people's self-image through competition.
2. To allow all youngsters a chance to participate regardless of their abilities.
3. To teach sound track and field techniques.
4. To have a meaningful impact on the process of training future leaders through the development of disciplined minds and bodies.
Today, The Club hosts an average, annual participant count of 75 -100 youths. The coaching staff consists of volunteers. As a long-time member of the Amateur Athletic Union Association (AAU), The Club has had opportunities to compete in track and field events throughout the United States -- resulting in national recognition.
In keeping with the stated goals and objectives, MTC has participated in various track meets throughout the United States. Club members, during those meets, have attracted attention as winners and record breakers. Their excellent performances in past years not only has created a fine reputation for Mercury Track Club, but has resulted in scholarships to some of the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for its senior members.
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