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Golden South Classic
May 30, 2009 at The First Academy, Orlando FL
Donna on the Side
by Donna Dye
The home of the Golden South Classic is Orlando, a city named after Orlando Reeves, a soldier who died in the area in 1867 in the Second Seminole War. Orlando was incorporated on July 31, 1875 and as a city in 1885. But while that may be the history of the area, today it is home to Sea World, Disney World, Universal Studios and other entertainment and recreational activities. The mention of Orlando conjures up images of fun and play. What better place than this to celebrate the end of a track and field season and the school year?
From September to June, athletes are in school, practicing, doing homework, competing on weekends -- all with little time for hanging out and relaxing. At the Golden South Classic, athletes can compete in track and field and also enjoy Orlando's activities and then start rejuvenating for next season. Orlando is a place for vacations, conventions and just plain fun!
The First Academy and Warden Stadium is the site of the Golden South Classic
The meet has a 32 year history and its own Hall of Fame. It's hosted by the First Academy at the Warden Stadium. Complete with a mondo surface, the Warden Stadium is a first class facility for a championship track and field meet. It's named after the Warden Family, who contributed the facility in support of track and field. In 2001, the meet was dedicated to the memory of Bert Warden, a Warden family son, brother, track and field star and enthusiast who died tragically in a water accident.
The Arnold Palmer Childrens Hospital's Pediatric Sports Medicine Program
The meet benefits the Arnold Palmer Childrens Hospital's Pediatric Sports Medicine Program, a fairly new part of the Hospital. Started as a part time service, the program has evolved into a full time important service of the hospital under the direction of Dr. Jay Albright. The program uses a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, rehabilitation, education and prevention with the goal of providing care for and prevention of athletic injuries in children without concern for ability to pay.
Treatment provided this year to a Flint, Michigan high school track and field athlete points to the national reputation that the Program is earning. Read the Brandon Brown story and see how the Program is saving his foot.
The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is a not-for-profit full-service hospital that relies heavily on philanthropic support to continue supporting its mission. If you would like information on how you can become involved, visit www.arnoldpalmerhospital.org
Most Valuable Performance Awards
| Octavious Freeman Florida sophomore |
Won the 100m and 200m for the second straight year.
Set a new record in the 100m with a time of 11.48.
| Jack Whitt, Oklahoma Senior|
Set a new Meet Record with a height of 17-10
Now on to the meet!