Join us for the 2011 Tommie Smith Youth Track & Field Meet!
Saturday, June 25th 10:00 a.m.
Central High School Stadium
1401 Muhamamd Ali Blvd.
The 100 Black Men of Louisville
Open to youth ages 4 to 18
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Registration closes June 22nd
Louisville’s sixth annual Tommie Smith Youth Track and Field Meet will be held Saturday June 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Central High School Stadium located at Muhammad Ali Blvd. and 15th St. The Tommie Smith Track and Field Meet is an Amateur Athletic Union (A.A.U.) sanctioned event adn is open to children ages 4 to 18. More than 400 children ages four to eighteen are expected to participate. Olympic Gold Medalist Tommie Smith will be on hand.
This marks the second year that a community-based organization, The 100 Black Men of Louisville Inc., is hosting the event sponsored by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness in conjunction with the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. Humana, Norton’s Healthcare and the Louisville Water Company is also supporting the event.
The Tommie Smith Youth Track and Field meet is part of the larger Tommie Smith Youth Initiative in Louisville. The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, The 100 Black Men of Louisville Inc., the YMCA and Metro Parks are working in partnership to decrease the factors for childhood obesity and lack of physical activity among elementary and high school-age children. The initiative includes instruction on nutrition and physical fitness.
The YMCA and Metro Parks summer camps will also host track and field meets:
- YMCA- July 18, 19, 21, 22 at Oldham County Indoor Arena
- Metro Parks- July 14th 9a-12p Central High School Football Stadium
The 100 Black Men of Louisville Inc. has also been working with local and regional track clubs to attract them to the Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet on June 25.
"The Tommie Smith Youth Initiative calls attention to the urgent need to prevent childhood obesity by providing developmentally appropriate physical activity and nutrition education for Louisville children. Childhood obesity is pervasive and our children are not reaching their potential. We feel that physical activity programs can help nurture and empower young people to become their best."- 100 Black Men of Louisville
Tommie Smith is the only man in the history of track and field to hold 11 world records simultaneously. He won the gold medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Olympic Games. Smith gained worldwide prominence when he and teammate, bronze-medal winner John Carlos, raised gloved fists during the medal ceremony to protest racial discrimination in America. The photo of this nonviolent demonstration became one of the iconic images of the 1960s and 70s.
After a successful career in the National Football League and as a college instructor and track coach, Tommie Smith went on to organize track initiatives for disadvantaged youth in Oakland Calif. The clubs have had remarkable success, not only in raising physical fitness levels among participants, but also in raising academic performance. The Department of Public Health and Wellness began replicating this initiative in Louisville in 2005. Since then the initiatives have also been replicated in New Orleans LA and Washington D.C.
The Tommie Smith Youth Initiative is now closely aligned with our work in the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities grant, as well as the work of our partners, YMCA of Greater Louisville and Metro Parks. We are working together toward the shared goal of getting as many kids as possible having fun, being active, and eating healthy foods.
We’ve moved away from a track team concept and toward a physical activity and nutrition education model for elementary school children who attend summer camps here in Louisville. We’re excited about the new model and our work with the 100 Black Men of Louisville Inc., YMCA and Metro Parks, who have access to hundreds of children, and plans to engage them in exercise that will improve their fitness. These programs will also be inclusive of children with varying degrees of ability to make participation as broadly accessible as possible.
Tommie Smith won the Gold Medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Mr. Smith has organized track and field meets as well track clubs for youth in Oakland, Calif. and Paris France. Smith gained worldwide prominence when he and teammate, bronze medal winner John Carlos, raised gloved fists during the medal ceremony to protest racial discrimination in America. The photo of this nonviolent demonstration became one of the iconic images of the 1960s and 70s.
The Tommie Smith initiative is an initiative under the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement supported by physical activity funding from the Kentucky Department for Public Health. For more information call 502-574-8661 or email us.