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Area Youth Represent Rockford Park District at One of the Largest Multi-Sport Events

ROCKFORD, IL – Several area athletes involved in Rockford Park District’s Youth Sports programs are getting ready to compete in the 53rd annual AAU Junior Olympic Games, the largest multi-sport event for youth in the United States.

The competition begins on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, and runs through Saturday, August 3, 2019, in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Rockford FIRE Track and Field program run by the Rockford Park District hosted the AAU Illinois Track and Field District Qualifier at Joliet Park District Memorial Stadium June 15, 2019, through June 16, 2019. From there, 22 members advanced to the AAU Indiana/Illinois Regional Qualifier at Joliet Park District Memorial Stadium held June 28, 2019 – June 29, 2019.

The following nine Rockford FIRE Track & Field participants are heading to AAU Junior Olympic Games:

• Zion Braimah – 200 (5), 400 (1) Champion, LJ (3)

• Madalyn Hefty – 800 (5), 1500 (3)

• Jackson Hefty – 800 (4), 1500 (2)

• Aiden Gasmund - shot put (4), discus (4), LJ (4)

• Brandon Wiggan – 800 (5), 1500 (4)

• Alex Bartch - shot put (5), high jump (3)

• Gabriella Xayasouk - Triple Jump (1) Champion, long jump (6), 100H (5)

• Hannah Wallace - pentathlon (2), high jump (4)

• Michelle Gasmund – 800 (6),1500 (4)

“This accomplishment is a big deal for everyone involved in our program, as it’s a team effort involving participants, coaches, parents, families, friends, and mentors. Our program provides a chance for five- to eighteen-year-olds, boys and girls, to learn the fundamentals of track and field, recreation, nutrition, sportsmanship, and self-esteem. We help build not only amazing athletes, but these are future leaders of our community, and we wish them the best of luck representing our community,” says Lamont Jones, Rockford Park District Youth Sports Manager.

For more information about Rockford Park District’s Jr. FIRE Track and Field program or FIRE Track and Field program, visit

Mike Costello