TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Former Florida State track and field star, champion and Hall of Famer Alice Sims accepted her second track and field invitational on Saturday.

All in all, it was a day where over 300 athletes between the ages of four and eighteen competed for Florida High’s indoor gear. For Sims, it’s all about growing the sport inside Big Bend. There were former Olympians who gave back and taught the next generation, and for Sims, hosting this reunion will be special.

“Athletics is my heart, I know what it did for me when I was a girl in elementary school, running track gave me so many values, helped me be the person that I am,” Sims said. “What these kids can get today is that whenever you put your heart, mind, and soul into something you want to achieve, you can do it. You have to be persistent, and that’s what athletics is, you’re out there running on your own, but the thing is in that as long as you give your best, as long as you finish and finish strong, you are successful.”

Wise words from one of the best to ever do it, and the hope is that the number of invitations will increase every year.

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