The Durham Striders Youth Association is a Durham based community organization that provides training for children between the ages of 6 to 18 years. In 1975, a handful of parents and coaches began the early stages of planning and organization of the track team. The Striders program was officially established and incorporated in 1977 by Frank Davis, Jr., Herman Graham and Ralph Bullock. Beginning with only the three founders and 30 children, the program has grown to a membership of over 300 children per summer and a staff of approximately 30. Each year children of all races and backgrounds from Durham and the surrounding communities have the opportunity to learn the self-discipline required to develop their own natural physical and mental talents. They benefit from the years of dedicated coaching and running experience of individuals who volunteer their time.

Volunteers are the backbone of the organization. Many volunteers contribute more than 40 hours per week during the summer months. They work as coaches, officials and administrative staff. Over the past 36 years, volunteers have evolved into experts in their particular positions with the team. All Durham Striders’ coaches and track meet officials are properly trained, certified and knowledgeable of the many Track and Field rules, regulations and procedures. Other volunteers contribute in ways not easily noticed at track practice or at track meets. For example, a community member who works as a mechanic may help maintain the Durham Striders’ team bus or, a community member who is a public relations specialist may assist the team in developing promotional materials.

Make contributions payable to:
PO BOX 15758
DURHAM, NC 27704