Athletics championships offer youth engagement

The Oregon22 World Championships in Athletics, taking place this summer in the heart of the University of Oregon campus, offers a special program for young people.

As part of the preparation for the event, the local organizing committee developed an extensive youth engagement program called Make tracks. The program, first launched in November and designed for K-12 students, invites all young people to be a part of history, cultural diversity, global unity and excitement coming to Oregon for the first World Championships in Athletics to be held in the United States.

This program represents a dedicated effort to connect the sport of track and field more broadly with a younger generation of fans. The Making Tracks digital activity library hosts a variety of lesson plan and activity guides available through five categories of content: global explorations, career explorations, arts and culture, STEM and healthy active lifestyles. The digital activity library has recently been expanded to include more modules.

New activities will continue to be added, including:

  • Content collaboration with ASICS, a partner of World Athletics.
  • Resources to help participants get active by learning fundamental athletic skills with USA Track & Field’s RunJumpThrow program.
  • Lesson plans exploring how sustainability concepts come into play in planning the World Championships in Athletics, developed by BRING, a local recycling association.
  • Content aimed at empowering girls through athletics and embracing the diverse and inclusive nature of sport, developed by non-profit organization TrackGirlz.
  • A pack of downloadable maps and games that allow you to explore more than 200 nations represented by delegations participating in the World Championships in Athletics.

Simply fill out a simple registration form to gain free access to all materials and receive email updates on any new opportunities. Educators are encouraged to dive into the library and prepare for additional content and in-person youth activations before and during the event. Program materials are accessible on the Making Tracks website.