M I S S I O N
To empower New York City children ages 8-14 from under-resourced communities. At Kissena Velodrome in Flushing, Queens, Star Track educates children via the discipline of track cycling, setting goals, establishing team skills, and helping them gain self-confidence. Our goal is to empower and engage children with healthy physical activity and provide kids with positive perspectives to help manage the daily stress that kids face every day.
In sport, a key value is the education of discipline associated with being an athlete. The children set goals, participate in a weekly training schedule and become part of a competitive cycling team. Another key value is the benefit of education through our mentors and by our experienced coaches. These include former World Champions, US National Champions and Star Track graduates.
Deirdre Murphy Bader (Star Track Founder)
Deirdre Murphy Bader 1959-2014 founded the Star Track Youth program in 2004 with the goal of teaching children the discipline of track cycling at Kissena Velodrome.
Deirdre became a cycling world champion in 1997, winning the Masters World Championships in the road race, and went on to participate in the Olympic games in Sydney Australia in 2000, competing in the women's road race. Deirdre Murphy Bader's legacy continues with Star Track.
Stephanie Torres (Multiple US National Champ)
Stephanie Torres is a former Star Track program rider who recently graduated from Marian University where she earned a cycling scholarship, won several gold medals at Collegiate Nationals, and helped lead the cycling team to its eighth consecutive Division I championship.
Since then Stephanie has returned to coach the next generation of Star Track cyclists.
Joshua Hartmann (US Elite National Champ)
Josh Hartman is a recent Star Track graduate and alongside teammate Joe Christiansen, a two-time U.S. Elite gold-medal winner in the team sprint. Josh is also the first graduate of the new Star Track race team, and recently participated in the 2018 Pan American Elite Track Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Josh is now living in Colorado Springs and training with the US National track team at the US Olympic Development Center.