Daryen Jefferson runs to success from humble beginnings at Douglass | Fields & Futures Huddle Up

Daryen Jefferson runs to success from humble beginnings at Douglass | Fields & Futures Huddle Up

How community support through the Simon Greiner Program and Fields & Futures helped Jefferson become a top runner and No. 1 student.

Sellout Crowd Network

By Sellout Crowd Network

| Feb 26, 2024, 9:00am CST

Sellout Crowd Network

By Sellout Crowd Network

Feb 26, 2024, 9:00am CST

Sam Mayes sat down with Daryen Jefferson, a cross country and track star from Douglass High School for the third episode of the Fields & Futures Huddle Up. 

Originally running to get in better shape for basketball, Jefferson has become a top cross country runner, looking for opportunities to run in college. He’s also used the focus he’s learned on the track to become the No. 1 student in his class at Douglass. Fields & Futures has supported schools like Douglass in the Oklahoma City Public Schools District to provide facilities and equipment to athletes. “Having people helping us get better is a true blessing.”

The  Fields & Futures Huddle Up is sponsored by the Simon Greiner Program. The Simon Greiner Program enthusiastically promotes the sports of track and field and cross country in OKCPS. The SGP is a collaborative effort between Don and Shellie Greiner, Cleats for Kids, and Fields & Futures. More information: https://www.facebook.com/simongreinerprogram/

Episode highlights:

💪 The process and grind of practice are more important than the actual races for success in long-distance running.

🏃‍♂️ Daryen’s work ethic and determination to excel in running, despite physical differences, is a testament to the power of hard work and dedication.

🏀 Unlike basketball, running keeps the heart rate at 180 to 200 beats per minute for extended periods, making it a unique and challenging sport.

🔥 The competitive drive and motivation to improve without being pushed is truly exceptional.

🏈 Overcoming challenges in college sports can be a transformative experience, leading to personal growth and resilience.

💬 “I want to be with a big team that’s going to make me better basically.” — Daryen’s focus on surrounding himself with a group that will push him to improve.

🌟 Organizations like Field & Futures in Oklahoma City are helping young people find a path to a better life through sports.

🌟 The impact of organizations like Fields & Futures goes beyond just providing sports facilities, as they can positively influence family dynamics and involvement.

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