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Registration Open for Tommie Smith Track Meet

Monday July 17, 2006

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (July 17, 2006) The Louisville Metro Health Department is seeking registrants for the Tommie Smith Track & Field Meet to be held Friday August 11th and Saturday August 12th at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park at 2200 S. Floyd Street.
The track & field meet in open to youth ages 5 to 18.  The registration deadline is
Tuesday, August 1st.  Registration is free.  After August 1st there will be a $10 fee for late registration.  On-line registration is available at www.louisvilleky.gov/health .  Registration is open to both track teams and to individuals who are not affiliated with a team.  For more information, phone 574-8045 or email tstrackmeet@louisvilleky.gov .   Medals will be awarded and all participants will receive an event t-shirt.
Tommie Smith won the Gold Medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.  He has organized track and field meets as well track clubs for youth in Oakland California.  Next month’s Tommie Smith Track & Field Meet in Louisville will be the first such event outside of the Bay Area. 
The Louisville Track & Field meet is part of an ongoing initiative to establish Tommie Smith Track Clubs in Louisville.  The Louisville Metro Health Department is partnering with the Jefferson County Public Schools, the Health Promotion Schools of Excellence, the University of Louisville, the YMCA, and Metro Parks as well as with existing area track clubs to establish ten to fifteen Tommie Smith Track Clubs in Louisville.  The clubs are being designed so that children of all ability levels can be successful. 
In Oakland the Tommie Smith Youth Track clubs have not only improved fitness levels of elementary school age children, but have also improved academic performance.  The Louisville youth track clubs will be based primarily in west Louisville where physical fitness levels among children are lower than in other parts of the community.  The Louisville clubs will also include instruction on nutrition, personal hygiene as well as fitness assessments.
The mission of the Louisville Metro Health Department is to protect, preserve and promote the health, environment and well-being of the people of Louisville.  To learn more about the Health Department’s programs and services go to www.louisvilleky.gov/health.