About

“Athletes Running for Their Futures”
Since 1996

The HP Panthers Elite Track & Field Club is a non-profit youth organization comprised of Families/Athlete’s from all areas of the Piedmont Triad, welcomes athlete’s ages 6-18 years old.If you or your child likes to run fast, jump high, throw far, and work hard then the Panthers track club may be for you. Our organization is designed to enhance the lives of our student athletes thru reinforced self-confidence, development of people skills and exposure to some of the nations top student athletes thru friendly competition.

Background Information

The HP Panthers Elite Track Club based in High Point & Hickory NC, provides guidance and training for student athlete’s ages 6-18 years old. The organization was founded in 1996 by Ken and Diane Roberts and a small group of parents/ volunteers/ coaches that realized the City of High Point had an abundance of talented student athletes that deserved praise, attention, and support for their commitment to what’s right with our youth.

Beginning with only (4) adults and (11) athletes the Panthers were established.Today the Panthers bolster approximately 80-100 athletes per summer and a volunteer group of approximately 20 adults. Each year student athletes of all backgrounds from High Point, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Thomasville, Lexington, Hickory and surrounding communities have embraced the opportunity to experience the self-discipline needed to develop their physical and mental talents, while competing in an Anti-Violence, Drug-Free environment.

“We replace drugs-alcohol & weapons with Hard Work-Gatorade & Relay Batons”.”The Panthers organization has been cited as one of the Triads top youth organizations in terms of character, citizenship and a positive winning environment for student athletes of all ages”. We produce champions on and off the track.

Significance

The significance of this program is to enable young student athletes to develop their athletic/academic potential along with providing them an opportunity to develop responsibility, discipline, sportsmanship, character, and to enhance their leadership skills, all are necessary for their participation in society as responsible and productive citizens. Through the combination of academic requirements and athletic training the Panthers address a number of important life altering issues, our organization emphasizes the importance of ROLE-MODELS while displaying PRIDE in each of our children through year round support, involvement, counseling, and advice from our coaches, parents, and volunteers. The Panthers not only bolster some of the areas top athletes but also some of the areas top students.

Academics

Our student-athletes are challenged both physically and academically; they are encouraged to always strive for their personal best. All athletes are required to maintain a (C) average or better in order to participate. We realize that not all athletes will progress to level of collegiate athletics or earn athletic scholarships therefore our efforts are to prepare them to travel the academic roads.We invite you to make the most of this opportunity by become a part of our family as a student athlete, coach, team parent, official, chaperone, fundraiser or sponsor.

Thank You in advance for your interest in our organization!