Our goal is to empower young girls and women to realize their dreams by building confidence and developing a strong sense of accomplishment through organized sports and education. Our message: with hard work, dedication, and a quality education – dreams come true.
All girls and young women, elementary grade 1 and up, who can attend and participate in the preliminaries at The Armory Track in New York City are eligble. No experience in track and field is necessary, but all girls of school-age must be enrolled and attending school in order to participate.
Colgate will follow applicable state or local school district regulations and guidelines with respect to school age girls, including transgender girls, who would like to participate in the Colgate Women’s Games. With respect to college-age or older transgender athletes, Colgate will follow the NCAA Policy on Transgender Student-Athlete Participation. Links to those guidance documents can be found here:
Track and field teaches drive, determination, and commitment; it provides structure and a physical outlet for the health and mental well-being for experienced and novice athletes alike. No expensive equipment is required. Most importantly: it’s fun.
Competition is divided into six age or grade divisions: Elementary A (grades 1 through 3), Elementary B (grades 4 through 5), Mid School (grades 6 through 8), High School (grades 9 through 12), College/Open and 30’s-Plus.
There are eight events: 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 1,500-meter run, high jump and shot put.
Participation is FREE! All participants who compete receive a competitor t-shirt and ribbon.
Brooklyn’s Fred Thompson founded Colgate Women’s Games in 1974 with the generous support of Colgate-Palmolive Company, which has remained the programs’ title sponsor for over four decades. Thompson was a US Olympic Track Team coach, founder of the Brooklyn Atoms Track Club, a US attorney, and a sportscaster for ABC Television. He also served as the Colgate Women’s Games’ Meet Director for forty years through 2014.
Cheryl Toussaint is an Olympic medalist and original member of Thompson’s Brooklyn Atoms’ Track Club. She has been involved with Colgate Women’s Games since its inception; first as a competitor, then an official – before becoming the Assistant Meet Director in 1999. In 2014, she took the reins from Thompson and still serves as the Colgate Women’s Games’ Meet Director today. Toussaint is also a successful businesswoman and founded Tousse Apparel along the way.
The Armory Track, NYC is located at the corner of Fort Washington Ave and West 168th Street New York, NY.
In addition to trophies and medals, Colgate-Palmolive Company awards over one hundred educational grants-in-aid each year.
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