March 21st, 2015 | By Marjie No Comments


… this is how Coach Charles, a YMCA track coach, describes fifth grader Dretavious Foster.  “His enthusiasm and energy are infectious!  He comes to practice ready to work and does everything with a smile.”

Dretavious did not always have this attitude about running.  Someone else in his life had this infectious attitude and passed it along to him.

It all started one Saturday morning.  Dretavious woke up at 7 o’clock that morning as his guardian, Justin, was coming in from a run.  Dretavious could not understand why Justin was so happy without the extra sleep on a Saturday morning.  Justin encouraged him to try running with him.

So one Saturday morning Dretavious woke up early and tried it out.  “The first time I tried it I did not like it at all.  But the second time, I knew running was for me,” explained Dretavious.  Justin’s love for running was passed on to Dretavious and their relationship strengthened with this bond they now share.


Dretavious continued to run with Justin, who signed up for track and field at the Athens Y.  He encouraged one of his friends, Antonio, to try the program, too, and it didn’t take a long time before Antonio was just as excited about running as Dretavious. Running together has brought them closer. Thus, another relationship in Dretavious’s life has been strengthened through running.  This time, he was the one who passed it along to someone else.

Dretavious continues to inspire the staff at the Athens Y.  There is a sparkle in his eye now that track season is here.  He thrives on setting goals and accomplishing them.  He also thrives on seeing others enjoy running the way he does.  He says, “The best part about running is about finding your rhythm.”

Dretavious has found his rhythm and has also discovered the best part … passing it along to someone else.

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