Nonathletes can participate in mock meet to support community well-being, have fun


Patrice Graham

Junior Carter Chang, organizer of the mock meet, stands on the U-High outdoor track.

Amy Ren, Assistant Editor

The varsity track and field team will host a mock track meet as a fundraiser April 7 at 3:30 p.m. on Jackman Field. Open to all U-High students, the meet is intended to be a chance for non-track athletes to try track events and for members of the track team to practice and compete.

All money raised through donations will support Organic Oneness, a Chicago nonprofit social justice organization that partners with communities to support communities of color through the pillars of racial justice, environmental justice, and health and wellness.

Junior Carter Chang, a co-captain of the track and field team and founder of the Health and Fitness Club and the project Yeast Whey, organized the mock meet to help students get exposure to track and field while supporting and learning about Organic Oneness. He said that although students used to be required to pay a small fee for the fundraiser to sign up for the meet in the original digital bulletin announcement, they now are not required to register or donate to participate. 

“I hope they can both have a fun time with their friends, whether that be watching or actually competing and racing,” Carter said, “but I also hope that they’ve learned something about Organic Oneness and Organic Oneness’s mission.”

The founder and executive director of Organic Oneness, Syda Segovia Taylor, will attend the track meet, according to Carter. Before the meet starts, he will do a short introduction of Ms. Taylor, Organic Oneness and how to donate.