What began as a simple community service project evolved into a series of projects and programs to honor the legacy of Jesse Owens, an East Tech Alumni. The legacy of Jesse Owens, the celebrated track star of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, has been memorialized on the walls of the indoor track located inside of East Tech High School for years. On Thursday, February 11, 2016, DoMore4:Good kicked off a three-part series by repainting the Indoor Track with help from City Year Cleveland, The Friendly Inn Settlement and Sherwin Williams.
Approximately 25 DM4G youth, 15 Friendly Inn Settlement youth and 10 City Year Cleveland corps members gathered at East Tech to paint and rejuvenate the indoor track. The track will be dedicated to Jesse Owens upon completion. The East Tech Track and Field Teams were proud to assist with this project, as they just recently began their indoor track season. All participants had an opportunity to discuss what Jesse Owens’ legacy meant to them and how they can positively influence others to be like Jesse.