New track club for kids huge hit in Brockton

BROCKTON, Mass. — When Brockton High Coach John Fidalgo decided the city needed a community track club for kids, he hoped it would catch on.

"In our first year, we expected about a hundred, maybe,” said John FidaIgo.

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His estimate wasn’t even close; the Brockton Track Club has already swelled to 300 members, making it the third biggest track club in New England.

“In our first year, that's an incredible accomplishment,” he said.

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Fidalgo gives all the credit to the volunteer coaches, who are all in high school. The coaches are helping train the army of children ages 5 to 14.

“They love doing races. They love doing relays. Competing,” said Ben, a volunteer.

Fidalgo says one-third of the kids in the track club are related; some of the parents are walking around the track while all three kids get in healthy exercise.

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In Brockton, he'd like to see this generation pay forward good sportsmanship, to the next.

“I just hope it becomes like a community legacy,” he said.

Brockton Track Club is open to any child 5 to 14 and it holds practice Monday and Wednesday nights.