A recently released documentary follows the lives of three sisters who were launched into the spotlight after their 2016 wins at the Junior Olympics.
“Sisters on Track” centers around the Sheppard sisters: Tai, Rainn, and Brooke. They were thrust into the national spotlight in 2016 with their first-time wins in track and field at the Junior Olympics and ultimately landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated Kids as “SportsKids of the Year.”
With their mother Tonia Handy, the Sheppard sisters are able to move from being homeless to a new apartment (with Tyler Perry covering the rent for two years) while they continue to train under Coach Jean Bell in the Brooklyn-based Jeuness Track Club while experiencing the growing pains associated with teenagehood, school, competition, and more as they recover from being homeless.
A lifelong runner herself, Bell started the Jeuness Track Club in 1985 after finishing up her time at law school. The club was ultimately created to give young girls a chance to grow in the track and field sport while excelling in academic achievement and life experiences. Bell originally came across the Sheppard sisters at a track meet that the girls were signed up for on a whim in 2015.