PRESS RELEASE

Nike Sprint Summit

"The Sprint Clinic of the Future"

For Further Information Contact:

Joy Kamani Jkamani@aol.com

Cedric Walker flowercitytc@yahoo.com

http://www.nationalscholastic.org



January, 2003

The National Scholastic Sports Foundation (NSSF) is
pleased to announce the latest addition to its 2003
Nike Indoor Championship (NIC) scheduled for March
15-16, 2003 at the Prince George Sports and Education
Facility in Landover, Maryland. The new Nike Sprint
Summit will present an unequaled opportunity for young
sprinters to hone their skills with expert advise and
tips from some of the nation's foremost elite coaches
and athletes together with high school coaches from
traditional powerhouse programs. 

The Nike Sprint Summit will be held on Friday evening,
March 14th from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. on the track at the
Prince George facility. It will be free to all
athletes registered for the NIC. Coaches, parents and
others wanting to attend will pay only $10.00.

Sprint Summit Coordinators, Joy Kamani and Cedric
Walker are both excited about the event which is
clearly in concert with the commitment of the NSSF to
provide not just quality competition for high school
athletes but also to strive forward in its mission to
be the vanguard of the development of our future
Olympic athletes. It also reflects Nike's commitment
to the sport as reiterated by Nike representative Josh
Rowe, "Nike is proud to be a part of the Sprint
Summit. We at Nike are dedicated to helping all
runners, from high school competitors to elite
Olympians, achieve their personal best."

Clinic Coordinator Coach Walker is one of the
country's leading high school coaches and has been a
member of several national coaching staffs. Most
recently, he was the women's sprint and relays coach
for the 2002 IAAF Junior National Championships in
Kingston, Jamaica. He is also a member of the NSSF
Board. 

"When Joy first approached me with the idea, I
immediately saw the potential impact it can have on
our up and coming athletes," Walker stated. "This
opportunity for athletes with a desire to be better
than good, to learn additional skills and race
technique from experts is unparalleled."

So just what is the Nike Sprint Summit? "It's the
cutting edge in sprint clinics," Kamani described.
"We're breaking the old mold and replacing it with an
innovative hands-on presentation which will include
analysis and demonstration of race phases, reaction
time testing, drills for speed and sprint mechanics
along with an extensive question and answer session,
all knowledgeably presented by super-qualified coaches
and elite athletes."

"Our presenters will include such notable coaches as
Orin Richburg who has had several national coaching
appointments, and Tony Wells, known for his
development of emerging sprinters such as Alesha
Latimer, the current holder of the national 60 meter
high school record, and Alexis Joyce whose 7.29
remains the NIC meet record.. They will be joined by
at least two other coaches yet to be named as well as
some of Nike's elite sprint athletes."

"Unfortunately, " Kamani continued, "we can't disclose
the names of the elite athletes at this time because,
although we have received tentative commitments,
particularly from several Nike sponsored HSI athletes,
many of them are hinged upon plans for the World
Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England which
are the same weekend as the Sprint Summit." 

"We are very fortunate to have snagged Coach
Richburg," Walker stated. "He agreed to forego the
World Indoor Championships just so he could do this
which says volumes about his commitment to youth track
and field."

For those unfamiliar with his name, Coach Richburg
brings with him an incredible coaching resume. He was
the Head Men's coach for the 2001 World Indoor
Championships, 1997 Assistant coach at the World
Championships in Athens, as well as a member of the
staff of the 1994 USA/Great Britain dual meet in
Birmingham, England and the 1998 Junior World team.
His most recent appointment is to the 2004 Olympic
team staff.

"Coach Richburg is well-qualified to speak
specifically to the sprints," Walker said. "He is
currently the Chair of the USA Track & Field Men's
Development Committee for the 200 meters, and a member
of the USATF High Performance Committee for national
relay team development. In this latter role, this year
alone, he was instrumental in national team
performances at the Tri-meet in Glasgow, Scotland
between the USA, Great Britain and Russia, the Under
25 meet in San Antonio, Texas, the World Cup in
Madrid, Spain and, most important to us, the 2002
Junior Worlds in Jamaica. It was there that the USA
team set a new world record of 38.92 in the 4x100
meter relay!" 

Walker continued, "To his own credit coach Richburg
has coached several Olympians including Aretha Hill
and the bronze medallist in the 200 meters, Thomas
Jefferson. He retired in June from the University of
Washington where he coached for over 17 years and
currently coaches such elite sprint athletes as
Ja'Warren Hooker."

The Sprint Summit has grabbed the attention of other
athletic sponsors besides its title sponsor, Nike.
"We're happy to welcome M-F Athletics who will provide
all of the equipment for the Summit as well as items
for give-aways, and Daktronics who will provide
electronic starting equipment," said A. J. Holzherr,
Director of Business Development for the NSSF and the
National Boys Recruiter for the meet. "Many of the
items provided by M-F may be available at extremely
discounted prices after the Summit and others may be
raffled. There is also the strong probability of other
sponsors coming on board for the Summit," he
continued.

"Both Coach Walker and I see the importance of the
Daktronics' electronic starting system in that it's
the method for starting at international
competitions," Kamani stated. "I've been on the staff
of both the 1999 and 2001 World Youth Championships
and have seen the reaction and initial disadvantage
our young athletes had being unaccustomed to the
difference in the sound of the electronic gun."

Negotiations are being finalized with additional
Summit sponsors. Negotiations are underway with one
sponsor who may make their start reaction equipment
and software available for the Summit. "We really hope
this comes through," Walker stated. "This technology
is an integral part of what was formerly considered
"high-tech" coaching but is the standard today.
Reaction time analysis is critical in formulating
workouts to correct problems out of the blocks."

"We're also bringing focus on one of the hottest
topics currently being researched in track and field,"
Kamani added. "The use of drugs to enhance performance
in our sport has been an issue. Because of the legal
and health implications the recent trend is veering
more toward getting athletes to tune into how they
treat their bodies and on those things they can better
control to improve their performance. Obviously
nutrition plays a major role there.

"For that reason we're delighted to welcome Dr. Robert
Portman of Pacific Health Laboratories to the Summit.
Dr. Portland will lead a very informative discussion
on "Getting An Edge: How Recovery and Muscle
Restoration Can Improve Track and Field Performance."

Pacific Labs is the developer of Accellerade, the
first sports drink that shifts the energy dynamic
during exercise to improve performance. They are
previous NIC sponsors. Summit participants will also
receive a goodie bag from PHL which will include a
sample of Accellerade as well as educational
materials.

Finally, as an added inducement for athletes to attend
the Nike Sprint Summit, any athlete registered for the
meet may drop their name into a drawing when they pick
up their registration package on Friday for a chance
to be on the track with the coaches and athletes
during the Summit. "We'll pick only two," Kamani said.


"The Nike Sprint Summit will set the standard for
future sprint clinics," Kamani predicted. "We look
forward to packing the bleachers with every athlete
and coach registered for the Nike Indoor
Championships."