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North Texas Cheetahs

Youth Track Club

Champs Sports “Run With Us” Campaign, featuring The North Texas Cheetahs with Sanya Richards-Ross

On June 22, 2022, we had the opportunity to spend time with 4-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross celebrating the legacy of our team's original head coach and founder, Orlando K. McDaniel.

North Texas Cheetah Youth Track Club, Founder & Head Coach

~ Orlando K. McDaniel ~

December 1, 1960 – March 28, 2020

Orlando McDaniel, the wonderful coach who mentored countless athletes as the founder, director, and head coach of the North Texas Cheetahs Elite – in addition to his own outstanding career as a student-athlete – passed away due to complications from COVID-19 on March 28, 2020. He was 59.

Starting in 2003, Coach Orlando guided track and field athletes of all ages at the nationally-renowned Dallas/Ft. Worth-area club. They included numerous NBN champions and All-Americans, Texas state champions and podium finishers, and Youth/Club standouts at every level – with scores of them earning college scholarships from the top D1 programs on down.

Our Pur​pose

The North Texas Cheetahs Youth Track Club is a non-profit 501(c) 3, all girls youth organization dedicated to providing Track & Field instruction, training, development, education, and encouragement for youth, ages 7-18.

The primary purpose of our organization is to develop the skills and disciplines which are essential to learning and improving in the area of track and field competition while continuing to maintain a high academic standard.

Our Objectives

  • Motivate athletes to pursue the high academic achievements possible.
  • Develop good sportsmanship, by promoting friendship and fair play.
  • Develop competitiveness, by establishing well-organized programs and competitions.
  • Develop strong bodies, minds, self-discipline, self-esteem, and high moral standards.

Mascot - The Cheetah

Why the Cheetah? Here's why:
Unlike other big cats, Cheetahs don't roar.

Cheetahs are the world's fastest land animal, capable of reaching speeds of up to 70mph.
Cheetahs are built for speed and grace.

Cheetahs claws are semi non-retractable and work like track spikes to help with traction and speed.

Colors - Purple & White

Our team colors are purple and white.

Purple - The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of creativity, wisdom, dignity, peace, pride, and independence.

White - The color white is often associated with freshness, new beginning or a fresh start. White also represents meanings of wholeness and completion.