Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes brings you weekly guests that empower, inspire, and motivate you to live your BEST life. Join us this week in partnership with College Crib and Mocha Market Magazine as we celebrate Tennessee State University's internationally recognized track and field programs.
On Saturday July 7, 2012, we will hear from recently selected U. S. Paralympics Team Member, Tennessee State University's Markeith Price and his father, Keith Price. They will be accompanied by the Men's Track Coach at Tennessee State University Coach, Franz Holmes and Dr. Adrian Samuels, formerassistant dean of the College and Public Affairs and now, Vice President of Student Affairs at Tennessee State University.
Each guest will discuss the importance of mentoring of young men and how it played a major role in shaping a world class athlete. They will also discuss the value of an education and share lessons from a positive teacher-student relationship and the impact of that relationship that can last a lifetime while touching others along the way. We will also hear about the personal and financial sacrifices that must be made to train, coach, and compete at the Olympic level.
Living your Best Life can be heard on 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, on military bases, and streamed lived on UStream.TV on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00AM CST.
More About Markeith Price
Tennessee State University's Markeith Price was selected to the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field team on July 1, 2012. Price will represent the United States at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Aug. 29 - Sept. 9.
Price, who is legally blind, won two events at the US Paralympic Trials in Indianapolis, Indiana. The rising TSU senior leapt 6.25m (20-6 ¼) in the long jump.
The Baltimore native also claimed the 400-meter dash title in the T13/F13 category with a blistering speed of 51.64 seconds, which ties for fourth best in the world.
Price holds five other top-10 marks in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) rankings: 100m T13 (8th in the world), 200m T13 (5th), long jump F13 (6th) and triple jump F13 (1st).
The selection to the U.S. Paralympic team is a first for Price and the second for Tennessee State. Price joins Ryan Fann, who won a gold medal in the 4x400m relay at the 2004 Summer Paralympic games.
More About the International Paralympic Committee
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. Its purpose is to organize the summer and winter Paralympic Games and act as the International Federation for nine sports, supervising and coordinating World Championships and other competitions.
The vision of the IPC, run by 200 members, is ‘To enable Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.’
Enable - Creating conditions for athlete empowerment
Paralympic Athletes - The primary focus, from initiation to elite level
Achieve - Sporting excellence is the goal of a sport centred organization
Inspire & Excite - Touch the heart of all people for a more equitable society
Founded on 22 September 1989 as a non-profit organization, it is based in Bonn, Germany and aims to develop sports opportunities for all people with an impairment from the beginner to elite level.
It employs nearly 50 people from 17 countries and is composed of a General Assembly (highest decision making body), a Governing Board (executive body), a Management Team and various Standing Committees and Councils.
More info about IPC can be found here.
More About US Track and Field
USA Track & Field drives competitive excellence and popular engagement in our sport.
A Sport for Everyone ... For Life!
When we say that USATF is a "Sport for Everyone ... For Life," we mean exactly that. Just a few of the ways we serve our sport include:
*Establishing grassroots programs, such as the Junior Olympics, to help develop future stars who will follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards, Bryan Clay, Lauryn Williams, Adam Nelson, Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi.
*Developing, selecting and leading Team USA - the World's #1 team - at the Olympics, World Championships and more than 12 other international events each year. Roughly 700 athletes of all ages wear a Team USA uniform in any given year.
*Promoting programs of training and competition for men and women and boys and girls of all ages.
*Establishing and enforcing the rules and regulations of our sport.
*Sanctioning more than 4,000 events each year.
*Providing insurance to sanctioned events, member clubs and member-athletes.
*Certifying race courses for accuracy and validating records.
Nearly 100,000 Americans are members of USATF. Our member organizations include the U.S. Olympic Committee, NCAA, NAIA, Road Runners Club of America, Running USA and the National Federation of State High School Associations. Fifty-seven USATF Associations oversee the sport and its 2,500 clubs at the local level.
For More info on USATF go here
Coach Holmes is a member of USATF.
Coach Chandra Cheeseborough Guice is the director of Tennessee State University Track and Field Teams. For info about her click here and here.
Post written about Coach Joe Gilliam Sr. and how a coach's influence can last several generations can found here.
Photos of Markeith Price, Franz Holmes and Carlos McCormick: Courtesy of US Paralympics