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Update: UMass-Boston agrees to manage RLC

posted Sep 21, 2016, 7:22 AM by Paul Williams

A Letter From The Mass State Track Coaches Association

Update on RLTAC 

MSTCA has a meeting early next week with RCC President to speak on the issues at hand.

MSTCA will be meeting with UMass Boston, which has agreed to take over the management of the RLTAC. MSTCA will have a written agreement of understanding in place when the transition takes place.

MSTCA would ask for anyone who enjoyed the Boston Globe article to reach out to Adrian Walker, writer of the story, and thank him.  Many coaches have been asking.

MSTCA is working with RLTAC staff and will post a master schedule so everyone knows and can confirm their dates/times for this upcoming Indoor season. [The 2 weeks off in January is not happening!] 

MA Senator Michael Rush has put out the following statement to the House of Representatives and State Senate:

"Senator Mike Rush, Representatives Gloria Fox and Russell Holmes will be filing legislation pertaining to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, which is a statewide facility that hosts indoor track & field events for all of Massachusetts—including 271 high schools.   The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center is currently under the jurisdiction of Roxbury Community College.  This legislation would grant the University of Massachusetts at Boston the management and control of the facility to preserve its true purposes of serving our statewide youth and as a center for community based services.  

Roxbury Community College leadership will coordinate with UMass during the transition and will continue to hold their athletic events and graduation ceremonies at the Reggie Lewis Center.  Furthermore, we have had conversations with UMASS Boston and they will work closely with the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association to ensure that students across this state will not be impacted during the transition.  We thank the Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus and the Elected in Color in Boston for their efforts thus far and we look forward to working with all parties to move this legislation forward in the process. "

This is a step in the right direction, thanks to everyone's effort. This is a 48-hour window for state representatives to initially agree to co-sign the bill. Once it gets a docket number and assigned number, we will get that information out so you can recontact state representatives and senators to sign on and support this move. The conversations we are having with the House & Senate are awesome to hear with the overwhelming support! Nothing like this has ever taken place before in political world of Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Let’s continue to fight, regain, what is the greatest and only HS facility in the country for HS Track & Field. We will continue to update as we have news to share.