Being a Black girl who use to run track, I’m pretty excited to watch the Netflix documentary Sisters On Track.
The documentary follows three determined sisters in Brooklyn as they race against all odds on a journey toward hope, belonging and a brighter future.
Running saved them.
Sisters/athletes Tai, Rainn, and Brooke Sheppard, excelled on their track and field team while living in a homeless shelter with their single mother, Tonia.
The sisters were propelled into the national spotlight in 2016 with their first-time wins at the Junior Olympics. The resulting media storm landed the girls on the cover of Sports Illustrated Kids as “SportsKids of the Year” giving them the resources to move into their own home. The film offers a rare intimate glimpse into a tight-knit Brooklyn family’s journey to recover from trauma and tragedy. With the support of their mother, Tonia Handy, and the guidance of coach Jean Bell, the Sheppard sisters aim to beat the odds, dream big and aspire to higher education as they are finding their voices as athletes and students – all while processing the growing pains of adolescence. At the heart of the story is the bond between sisters and an entire community of women, passing the baton of self-empowerment and hope through track and field, from one generation to another.
Can we say Yes Girls Yes!!!!!
The documentary premieres June 24th on the streaming service.