M I S S I O N
To empower New York City children ages 8-14 from under-resourced communities at the Kissena Velodrome in Flushing New York City. Star Track educates children via the discipline of track cycling, which in turn builds self-confidence, sets goals and establishes team skills. The goal is to empower and engage children with healthy physical activity, and provide them with positive perspectives to help manage the daily stressors 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 (founder of Star Track)
Deirdre Murphy Bader 1959-2014 founded the Star Track Youth program in 2004 with the goal of learning the discipline of youth cycling at the Kissena Velodrome.
Deirdre became a cycling world champion in 1997 by winning the Masters World Championships in the road race, then 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 graduate of the program 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 (Star Track Graduate)
Joshua Hartman is a recent Star Track graduate and Olympic hopeful. Josh is also the first graduate of the new Star Track race team, and has recently participated in the 2016 Junior Pan American Championships.
Josh is now living in Colorado Springs and training with the US National track team at the US National training center.