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Charlotte Sneed selected to receive 2019 Milton Hershey Award


INDIANAPOLIS -- USATF Pacific Association’s Charlotte Sneed has been selected to receive the 2019 Milton Hershey Award, USATF announced. Created by the partnership between USATF and The Hershey Company, the Milton Hershey Award annually honors an individual whose volunteer contributions to youth track & field and fitness have positively affected the lives of young people.


Sneed received her award July 23 at opening ceremonies for the 2019 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, California.


Charlotte's experience in the world of track and field, cross country and race walking spans five decades. Over that period, Charlotte has participated as an athlete, coach, parent, official, meet director and administrator. She has been an active member of the Pacific Association Board of Athletics since 2015 serving in the Youth Chair, Youth Cross Country Chair, Pacific Association Second and First Vice President positions. She was most recently elected as Pacific Association President earlier this year.


“We thank Charlotte Sneed for her decades of service giving to youth athletes, demonstrating a true embodiment of the spirit behind the Milton Hershey Award,” said Katrina Briddell, Manager of Global Sustainability & Social Impact for The Hershey Company. “Her dedication is unparalleled, and we’re proud to recognize her with this honor.” 


While Sneed has assumed and mastered many roles throughout her career, her passion remains with coaching, which she began shortly after graduating high school and continues today. She is currently the head coach for Heritage High School (Brentwood, CA) Track and Field, Freedom High School (Oakley, CA) Cross Country and her own USATF youth club, the Contra Costa Cheetahs.


Forever a champion for the next generation of USATF Future Stars, Sneed’s pride resides with the countless athletes she has mentored over the years.


For more information on the 2019 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, click here. Follow the action on social media using the hashtags #JOTF and #USATFutureStars. 

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