August 22, 2008
The Male Athlete of the Year at Southwestern College (SWC) has all the characteristics you need in a champion athlete. Curtis Mitchell has had a short but memorable career at the College. Mitchell is a talented young track star originally from Daytona Beach, Florida who won numerous awards and honors while attending SWC.
At the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Ohio, Mitchell ran the 200 Meter Dash in 20.74 seconds, his career best placed him first in the United States and second in the world. Mitchell would continue to compete in Poland placing forth at the 2008 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships.
The one-of-a kind experience in the World Junior Championships gave Mitchell the opportunity to meet and bond with other athletes and Olympians. In addition to visiting Poland Mitchell’s trip including a tour of London and Berlin.
“It was amazing, I was able to see places I learned about in geography class,” said Mitchell. “It’s an eye-opening experience that makes you proud to be an American.”
Mitchell praised SWC as a venue that allowed him to grow as an athlete, individual and a student. The life lessons he learned at the College were those lessons that he believes could not have been taught at a university. He appreciates how Southwestern College helped him develop. Mitchell credits the teachers and students, specifically Duro Agbede, SWC Health Professor, who taught him that being motivated and passionate are keys to success.
“Southwestern College taught me to appreciate track and field and it has taught me to be humble,” said Mitchell.
He also credits PhilAm Garcia, his friend, mentor and coach.
“I can’t take anything away from his accomplishments, he’s been able to take what I teach him and put it all together,” said Garcia.
His experience in Poland has been the greatest opportunity in his career thus far. Mitchell is actively being recruited by many National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) schools and aspires to attend the University of Southern California (USC) to major in business. Mitchell’s dreams and aspirations are as big as the 2012 London Olympics. Mitchell hopes to graduate from USC in 2011, allowing him a dedicated year of training for the Olympics.
Additionally, Mitchell received numerous regional and state outstanding accomplishments recently, including the State Championship in 100m, 200m and Athlete of the Meet, Athlete of the Year for Track during the Foothill Conference, and the Pacific Coast Conference Track & Field Athlete of the Year.