A Salute to the Ed Waters Track and Field Team

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I'm aware the name has been changed of this historic track and field team from Ed Waters Track and Field Team to Baltimore Track and Field Team. My days as a parent, assistant trainer and supporter of Baltimore City's summer recreation program was when the team was named after Ed Waters. It was in tribute to a Baltimore athelete who was a world class 400 Meter runner. During my 10 years with the team, it produced many Olympic athletes and was a magnet for talent from all over the metropolitan area. The unwritten story about the program was it success rate in producing not only champions, but also amazing college students, professionals and good citizens.

On a personal note my son is an alumnus of the program and God has blessed him with a successful academic career (Compter Engineering, Electrical Engineering, MBA, and JD)  and business career (Vice President of Consumer Banking, J.P. Morgan Chase). I attribute some of his success to the discipline he learned from track and field after he stepped onto a track at 7 years of age. He ran from age 7 to age 17 with the Ed Waters team.

During that 10 year period of time I became involved in the lives of some amazing young men and women. I continue to marvel at their accomplishments and character.

Rodney Williams, successful academic career earning four degrees, and founded a start-up company named LISNR. His firm employs over 20 people and he is seen as one of the rising superstars in business tech start-ups. He recently met with President Obama and has on his roster of clients, Roc Nation, Dallas Cowboys, VISA, AT&T, and Budweiser.

Brandon Scott, a Baltimore City Council Member, who recently led a group of young men on a walk from Baltimore to Washington. DC. He co-founded the group 300 Men March. He has emerged as one of the rising leaders of our City.

Now Baltimore City will be introduced to Mr. Calvin Young, an engineer and graduate of Harvard Business School with a MBA. He has thrown his hat into the ring at age 27 to run for the office of Mayor of Baltimore City.

From success in track and field throughout the City and Country, we are discovering Baltimore talent that are leaders of our City's and Nation's future. On your mark, set, go!

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