Mothers, Fathers & Community Leaders. But you can call us Coach.

We Are United in Our Dedication to childrens athletics

Who We Are

Partnering to build a world where all children are able to participate in a positive, supportive, and life-changing athletic experience.

“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” John 9:5

coaching staff

Coach LaSalle Mitchell

He was born and raised in Southeast San Diego with his 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Growing up, sports and education were a big part of his household. He graduated from Morse High School in 2007, and was accepted into the University of California, Irvine, where he competed as a Decathlete.  In 2011, he graduated with a major in Social Ecology (the study of human behavior within society).

LaSalle began his coaching venture in 2012, where he was the head coach for the MLK Blasters. Outside of track and field, LaSalle enjoys working out at the gym and spending time with his family and friends.


Coach Jay Johnson

He was a three year Varsity track athlete runner at Morse High School. He became involved in youth track and field after his two daughters joined the MLK Blasters Youth Track and Field Club where He became involved, as an active team parent and certified USATF Official.

After taking over the MLK Blasters in 2014, He joined the coaching staff and got certified as a USATF Level 1 coach.  Currently He is an active USATF Certified Coach and Official. He is also active in College, High school and Youth track and field meets, and an active Member of the USATF San Diego Youth Board.

He is a husband, father, grandfather and a active member in my community, while working full-time for FedEx Inc. He enjoys giving back to the community and to the the local kids of his neighborhood

Coach Martinique Akinfosile

Martinique is a San Diego native who has lived in Southeast San Diego her whole life. She joined the MLK Blasters Track Club when she was 7 years old. She tried out shot put and discus because her dad was a thrower in high school and he would be her coach. It also didn’t hurt that the throwers didn’t have to run as much. Martinique excelled as a thrower and qualified for the Regionals and Nationals in shot put or discus every year from age 8 through high school. She competed for La Jolla Country Day School in high school and placed 1st in shot put at the Conference Finals every year. She also competed for 2 years in college at Xavier University of Louisiana. 

She moved back to San Diego after Hurricane Katrina and began coaching middle school and high school track and field at her alma mater, LJCDS. She coached the sprints and throws for 5 seasons before moving to Philadelphia for graduate school. 


Our Coaching process

We Facilitate Safe & Fun Training

are able to participate in a positive, supportive and life-changing athletic experience.

“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” John 9:5


— Our Mission

This track and field club mission is to provide an opportunity for youth from all socio-economic backgrounds to be able to participate in positive athletic activities that encourages academic achievement, enhances and develops youth social skills, self-esteem, civic character, and acknowledge that God is the source of their viability.


— Our Vision

For children to understand that they are students first and athletes second. Children need to know that education is this key to success. When they are successful in the classroom they can become successful on the athletic field.


— Our Story

We are former high school and collegiate athletes who originated in low-income communities and were first generation college students. We give back to the children because we want the children to have the same experiences and opportunities that we had through athletics.


The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7


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