Sisters on Track: Inspirational coach turns homeless girls into athletic stars Kenya News
- Coach Jean Bell inspires change in the lives of many young women by teaching them to run
- A new Netflix docu-series, Sisters on the right track, follows the lives of three of her homeless Brooklyn sisters students who competed in the 2016 Junior Olympics
- When asked why she continues to coach after over 36, Bell said she only hopes to make a difference in the lives of girls who have been underestimated and underestimated their entire lives.
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As the founder of the Young Track Club in Brooklyn, trainer Jean Bell teaches girls to run. However, the club gives young women more than just the skill of running.
For many of the girls who attend, it is a home away from home, a place to experience the world and its challenges and continue their education by winning scholarships.
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âYou can literally jump into the future,â Bell said Initiated.
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A new Netflix documentary, Sisters on Track, which premiered on June 24, documents the journey of three of its members, the Sheppard sisters.
It tells the true story of the troubled past of girls living in a homeless shelter until their great success at competing in the Junior Olympics in 2016.
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According to a previous article by NewsByte, the three sisters had no running experience but with a little hard work and encouragement from Coach Bell, claimed the glory of the competition.
Bell took them under her wing and said she quickly realized that the girls were exceptionally talented and so special.
âI tell them all the time, because it’s something black girls need to hear, ‘You are special,'” she said.
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A dedicated coach who certainly doesn’t do it for the money
Bell has managed Jeunesse for 36 years, completely unpaid. As a lawyer, she ran the club independently for years before her sister came to help her.
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There is now a team of seven coaches (including four former members) forming 30 girls.
When asked why she does what she does so selflessly, Bell explained that she has a deep personal connection to her daughters’ experience as she also grew up in poverty.
âI grew up in poverty and I always said to myself, ‘I’m not going to continue living like this, this is not going to be my life. I have to find a way out,'” she said.
“And that makes you stronger. It makes you more determined,” added the coach.
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She also spoke about the devaluation of women in society, especially black women. She continues to inspire young women with her teaching, hoping to make a difference one track star at a time.
âAll the girls have been underrated and underrated, so I always tried to make them understand, ‘Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t, it’s not in our vocabulary.’ It’s systemic across society, especially in the United States where women don’t have the opportunities they should have, but if you give them a chance, they will, âshe concluded.
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In more information on kids making the most of a bad situation through sport, some kids in one village wowed many social media users with their running competition.
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The competition was similar to the Italian Grand Prix, in an adorable video.
In the video shared on LinkedIn by a teacher identified as Ndubuisi Ekekwe, the children could be seen running around with wooden vehicles as spectators enjoyed the moment.
Speaking about the video, Prof Ekekwe said:
âThey call it the Italian Grand Prix, but those days in the village it was something more amazing: a ride to Akpurachi. Yes you get a ‘ballrex’ with an old bike chain, assemble wooden objects, stay gravity to bring you down.
“Who gets to the udara tree first wins! I am now told that children put rechargeable batteries with motors to propel them. And that is done in elementary school! Now listen to the comments because it is the Italian Grand Prix 2.0. “
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