Homegoing Service for Fahim Minkah

Memorial Event and Ballon Release

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 1:00pm Desoto Eagles Stadium 600 Eagle Drive Desoto, TX 75115


Monday, February 26, 2018 from 12pm to 6pm Tri-Four Funeral Home 3114 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215


Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 10:00am Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church 7031 Forney Rd. Dallas, Texas 75227

USATF Southwestern Association New Sanction Pricing

Effective: November 1, 2016

Click here for printable fee table:

Application Late fees: Submit your sanction application at least 30 days in advance to avoid a late fee!!!!!!!

Applications Received 29 days – 16 days prior to event = 10% increase in the sanction fee Applications Received 15 days – 8 days prior to event = 25% increase in the sanction fee Applications Received 7 days - 4 days prior to event = 50% increase in the sanction fee Applications Received 3 days or less prior to event = 100% increase in the sanction fee

Late fees for Certificate of Insurance Requests:

Requests Received 7 days – 4 days prior to event = $25 fee

Requests Received 3 days or less prior to event = $50 fee

USATF will impose a 10% administrative fee on any refunds for cancelled sanctions.

The USATF National Fee for all sanctioned events that elect to waive USATF liability insurance will be 25% of the regular sanction fee, not to exceed a total charge of $1,000.

In addition to the changes noted above, USATF is committed to providing better resources to both our Associations and event directors to improve overall support for the sanction program. USATF will provide enhanced educational resources on best practices with regard to event management and with the assistance and collaboration of our partners in the field, USATF plans to create training courses for event directors in order to increase their knowledge on topics such as risk management, medical safety, security and event management. Look for those additional resource tools over the coming months.

Homegoing Services for Jerry Collins, USATF Official

Hello Members of USATF Southwestern Association

Homegoing Services for Jerry Collins, brother of David Collins this weekend.

Visitation will be at Evergreen Funeral Home all day on Friday, December 18, 2015, as there will not be a wake. The location is at 6449 Houston School Road, Dallas, TX 75241.

Home going Services: Saturday, December 19, 2015, will be held at the Southern Bible Institute at 7200 S. Hampton Rd. Dallas, Tx 75232 at 2:30 pm.

Entombment Services: Will be conducted at the DFW Cemetery on Monday, December 21, 2015. There will be a line up at the Evergreen Funderal Home at 8:00 am. for the processional for final services at the DFW National Cemetary, located at 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211.

Please email your condolences to and send flowers to Evergreen Funeral Home, 6449 Houston School Road, Dallas, TX 75241.

David would like to thank all of you for your condolences and has asked for privacy for himself and his family due to ongoing planning at this extremely emotional time.

SWTFOA Member Announcement - Chester Bradley Induction Into TTFCA Hall Of Fame This Friday

It is with great honor to announce that Chester Bradley will be inducted into the Texas Track & Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame this Friday evening, January 10th. It will be at the Crowne Plaza in Addison, TX at 7 pm

Congrats are in order for Toni Nichols

Toni Nichols recieved the Southwest Region Volunteers Award from the Associations Committee.

Toni has been a member of USATF Southwestern Association since 1989. She became secretary in 1998,she later became youth chair in 2005 and is still currently in these positions. Toni has become the COO of our association in that she is responsible for most if not all of the administrative duties and oversees all of them in their entirety. She is our historian and will detail it to death and maintains the integrity of all new policy and procedures handily, I might add. I have called on her at the 11th hour and she has stayed up all night if she has to in order to carry out that request. She will then drill me on every detail and nuance to makes sure I or we understand. She is open to looking into every change, and many times offers a rationale as to how or why. Whenever there is a question she is the person who researches to find the answer even if to prove you right. Toni, allows virtually every member of USATF Southwestern Association to visit here home, to either complete entry forms or verification of a teams birth certificates,

Help select the 2013 Jesse Owens Athletes of the Year

Help select the 2013 Jesse Owens Athletes of the Year

We have two Southwestern Association athletes nominated this year: Michelle Carter, Shot Put and Brigetta Barrett, High Jump

Online voting concludes at 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on Friday Oct, 18

Memorial Services have been scheduled for Rob Tighe

It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that longtime SWTFOA official Rob Tighe passed way peacefully this past Thursday the 1st of August, 2013 in his hometown of Boston. Rob has been battling cancer for a couple of years now & was surrounded by his family when he passed. His funeral & burial will take place in Boston.

A memorial Mass in Arlington will be celebrated in his honor:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 2:00PM

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 5819 W. Pleasant Ridge Road Arlington, TX 76016


Homegoing celebration for Rachel Biggers

The homegoing services for Rachel are scheduled for 11:00 AM on Saturday 20th of July,2013 at the;

Inspiring Body of Christ Church {IBOC} 7701 South Westmoreland Road, Dallas, Texas 75237

Southwestern Association would like to express our condolences to the Family of Rachel Biggers.

Rachel was a member of the Dallas Gold Track Team for several years and competed for Lincoln High School prior to attending college.

A memorial account as been established at Bank of America for Rachel. Donations can be made to* Account Number 4880-4359-7309*.

Visitation and viewing will occur today at the Eternal Rest Funeral Home, 2830 South Ervay, Dallas, TX 75215 between the hours of 6:00PM and 7:00PM

95 - year old runner Orville Rogers shows no signs of slowing down

There are no training guides for Orville Rogers.

The 95-year-old Dallas man simply adapts interval training workouts in an effort to improve his speed. His techniques are working. He set six world records at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Landover, Md., During the Master’s indoor championships in March. He’s expected to be named USATF Athlete of the Week.

“It was incredible,” said Rogers’ 29-year-old grandson, Steven, who was among the 16 family members cheering Orville at the meet. “I was really proud of how he knew the times to beat and blew by them.” The feat is even more remarkable considering he had a stroke in 2011. Rogers had paralysis in his left foot and left hand and partial paralysis in his left hip. After more than a week in a rehabilitation hospital, he continued as an outpatient another six weeks. He requested the most rigorous rehab they could put him through.

“I had high hopes to get back into competitive running, but nothing to base them on,” he said. “I surprised them. I guess I’m more motivated than a lot of people. I was not going to be discouraged by anything.” Rogers is now analyzing the outdoor track world records. He hopes to challenge the mile and the 800- and 1,500-meter world records at the USA Masters Outdoor Championships, July 11-14, in Olathe, Kan.

“Most of the others probably are not attainable,” he said. “I don’t care how old you are,” he said. “If you don’t have goals, something to look forward to, you lose interest in life,” he said. “I think that’s why a lot of people die early in life.” He’ll continue following the training regime he’s adapted from a former trainer he worked with and nuggets he learned from Canadian world champion Earl Fee’s book, The Complete Guide to Running from 9 to 90. After a deliberate warm-up and stretching session, Roger does a total of 1.5 miles three times a week. He repeatedly jogs two 100-meter laps and then runs one 100-meter lap. He said he starts out slow but runs all out near the end. Rogers, named Orville Curtiss Rogers after two flying pioneers, was a pilot. He served stateside in the Air Force in World War II and in the Korean Conflict, and flew for now-defunct Dallas-based airline Braniff for more than 30 years.

He began running at age 50 after reading Dr. Kenneth Cooper’s book, Aerobics, in 1968. He completed five marathons and ran on every continent. In 1993, he underwent bypass surgery to correct six blocked arteries. He said he had no idea anything was wrong. He recovered quickly and resumed running, he said. “I’m trying to hang in and do my best as long as I can,” he said. “Someone told me: ‘Your objective is to slow down as slowly as possible.’” Dallas relay team captures overall title: The Dallas Dolls and Towel Boyz won the Texas Independence Relay’s overall title after three consecutive runner-up finishes. The 12-member co-ed team traversed the 200-mile course from Gonzales to the San Jacinto Monument, in 19 hours, 50 minutes, 10 seconds. The team, comprised of many of Dallas-Fort Worth’s best runners, averaged a 5:58 per mile pace throughout 200 miles. Dallas Does Houston, another area team, won the Veteran Mixed champion team title, finishing in 26:25:20.

DEBBIE FETTERMAN, Special contributor Published: 28 March 2013 10:38 PM

Records broken at Southwestern Association JO Meet

Hello Fellow Club Members;

I would like to thank all of you for your participation in the 2013 Association Junior Olympic Championships this pastThursday, (6/20/2013), Friday, (6/21/2013),and Saturday, (6/22/2013).

We are proud to announce four records were broken during this championship. The records broken were the high jump by Falyn Beaugh 13/14 Girls, unattached athlete, Elijah Stowers 9-10 boys, Kyndal Stowers 8 & under Girls Westside Baptist TC and the 4x100 team consisting of Kamden Wesley, Senek Holmes, Jaden Milliner-Jones and Torris Murray 8 and under of DeSoto Nitro.

Let us all congratulate the record breakers as well as each and every athlete who competed in this championships, we the Board of USATF Southwestern Association commend all of the athletes, coaches and parents for making this one of the best association champions we have had of record ever. We thank you all.

Again, thank you all a for a successful meet and I hope to see you all next week.