Our History

1991 – Charlotte Flights Track and Field Club (CFTFC) founded by Anthony James and Cynthia Perkins at Double Oaks and Earle Village Recreation Centers.  Anthony James (Coach AJ) named Head Coach

1993  CFTFC hosted its first developmental meet at West Charlotte High School; 300 athletes participated

1995 – CFTFC voiced its support to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners for the construction of an outdoor track at Johnson C. Smith University.  November 1995, Mecklenburg County park bonds were approved for construction of the track and field facility.

1998  Received Federal Tax Exemption Status as a 501© (3) organization, effective June, 1998

2001 CFTFC created its own Automatic Timing and Meet Management Team to time and manage high school, college and youth developmental meets, including the Jim Law Invitational.

2002  A large donation from Liberty Homes allows CFTFC to purchase its 24 passenger bus in order to transport athletes to competitions.

2003 Johnson C. Smith University’s Irwin Belk Track and Field Complex opens.  Becomes the official practice site for CFTFC.

2008 – CFTFC hosted the USA Youth Outdoor Track and Field Championships at UNC Charlotte in June. Over 2,060 athletes participated.

2011  Celebrated the CFTFC 20th anniversary at the Hilton Charlotte University Place hotel.  Stephanie Hightower, USA Track and Field President was the keynote speaker.

2013  CFTFC Developmental Meet participation exceeded 1,800 athletes; the highest numbers of athletes to participate in the CFTFC developmental meet.  A far cry from the 300 participants in our very first meet in 1993