the Eddie Hart All In One Foundation
How The Eddie Hart
All In One Foundation Came To Be...
Long before I competed in the 1972 Olympics, I decided that
I wanted to be a track coach after my days of competition.
I loved the sport of track and field and I felt this would
be an excellent way to continue to be involved with it until
I retired from working. Little did I know that I really
made the right choice. Although there are some downsides
to coaching, the positives more than outweigh the negatives.
Many of my life’s most enjoyable moments have been
spent on the track with my athletes. There were also those
times when long after track practice was over I found myself
talking to the team. The amazing part is we talked about
everything. As I look back over some of those experiences,
I wonder if I gave them the right advice. They asked the
typical question, like what should they consider when faced
with choosing which college they would attend. However,
there were the not so typical questions about girls, marriage
I look back over my twenty-five plus years of coaching at
both the college and community college level, I have enjoyed
every moment of it, with one exception. I did not care for
the administrative aspect of coach. Because I was coaching
in a school setting, I was constantly faced with justifying
my budget. Most teachers just did not get role that athletics
plays in the lives of student-athletes. When I was competing
in high school, you were required to maintain a 2.0 GPA,
to participate in sport. That was the main reason why I
did as well as I did in school, and I was always eligible.
Now after receiving a full athletic scholarship to the University
of California Berkeley, I can truthfully say that it was
one of the best things that happened to me.
During those years, I have had the privilege
to coach some the finest and most talented individuals this
country has produced. While we never won the state meet
in Jr. College we were secon d one year and that was very
exciting. In 1978 our team set the Nation Jr. College Record
in the 4X100 M relay, we also had a high jumper that broke
the community College national record. Upon being inducted
in the California Community College Coaches Hall of Fame
was icing on the cake.
few years before I retired from community college teaching,
I decided to move back to my home town, Pittsburg, CA. Coupled
with the fact that I missed the coaching aspect of track,
and that many people in Pittsburg were urging me to do something
in the town. I also felt it was important for me to give
something back. My road to success began right here in Pittsburg,
with my first real coach, Bert Bannano. I wanted to help
the youth in the community realize their goals and dreams.
I also felt it was important for them to know that they
could be winners, and that their social-economical background
did not have to be stop signs, but rather hurdles that could
be negotiated. So, in 2003, I decided to start my own non-profit
foundation to help the disadvantaged youth in the surrounding
communities. I wanted every kid to know that each one of
them can be successful.
foundation is designed to meet the needs of these individuals
in a unique and different way. By providing facilities,
opportunities and other positive role models, I have developed
the foundation to deliver these types of experiences to
compensate for their disadvantaged conditions.
Anytime one of our youngsters become a viable member of our
society we all win.
I have found that one of the best ways to get this point
across is to simply tell my own story.