Colgate Womens Games

Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal is to empower young girls and women to realize their dreams by building confidence and developing a strong sense of accomplishment through organized sports and education. Our message: with hard work, dedication, and a quality education – dreams come true.

All girls and young women, elementary grade 1 and up, who can attend and participate in the preliminaries are eligible. No experience in track and field is necessary, but all girls of school-age must be enrolled and attending school in order to participate.


Colgate will follow applicable state or local school district regulations and guidelines with respect to school age girls, including transgender girls, who would like to participate in the Colgate Women’s Games. With respect to college-age or older transgender athletes, Colgate will follow the NCAA Policy on Transgender Student-Athlete Participation. Links to those guidance documents can be found here:

Track and field teaches drive, determination, and commitment; it provides structure and a physical outlet for the health and mental well-being for experienced and novice athletes alike. No expensive equipment is required. Most importantly: it’s fun.

Competition is divided into six age or grade divisions: Elementary A (grades 1 through 3), Elementary B (grades 4 through 5), Mid School (grades 6 through 8), High School (grades 9 through 12), College/Open and 30’s-Plus.

There are nine events: 100-meter dash, 80-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 1,500-meter run, high jump and shot put, depending on grade division.

Participation is FREE! All participants who compete receive a competitor t-shirt and ribbon.

Brooklyn’s Fred Thompson founded Colgate Women’s Games in 1974 with the generous support of Colgate-Palmolive Company, which has remained the programs’ title sponsor for over four decades. Thompson was a US Olympic Track Team coach, founder of the Brooklyn Atoms Track Club, a US attorney, and a sportscaster for ABC Television. He also served as the Colgate Women’s Games’ Meet Director for forty years through 2014.

Cheryl Toussaint is an Olympic medalist and original member of Thompson’s Brooklyn Atoms’ Track Club. She has been involved with Colgate Women’s Games since its inception; first as a competitor, then an official – before becoming the Assistant Meet Director in 1999. In 2014, she took the reins from Thompson and still serves as the Colgate Women’s Games’ Meet Director today. Toussaint is also a successful businesswoman and founded Tousse Apparel along the way.

Registration, Preliminaries and Semi-Finals

Queens College

65-30 Kissena Blvd

Queens, NY 11367



Icahn Stadium

20 Randall’s Island Park

Manhattan, NY 10035

In addition to trophies and medals, Colgate-Palmolive Company awards over one hundred educational grants-in-aid each year.

Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, the Company sells its products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA Skin, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. The Company is recognized for its leadership and innovation in promoting environmental sustainability and community well-being, including its achievements in saving water, reducing waste, promoting recyclability and improving children’s oral health through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, which has reached more than 1.3 billion children since 1991. For more information about Colgate’s global business and how the Company is building a future to smile about, visit

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The health and safety of athletes and spectators are the top priority of Colgate Women’s Games. All competitions will be hosted outdoors, and regular consultation with medical professionals will guide additional safety measures. All guests are encouraged to wear a mask. Guests showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses should stay home.

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