The Tommie Smith Youth Athletics Track and Field Program kicks off and over 500 young athletes take to the track and field. This program is sponsored by the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc., through its Health and Wellness, Youth Movement Program.
Established in 2002, this program is designed to improve the health of economically disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area through participation in track and field activities and life skills clinics held after-school and on weekends.
Youth Movement is a youth development program whose mission is to improve the overall health and well-being of children through structured physical fitness training, wholesome food choices, character development and mentoring. Through these activities, Youth Movement helps students improve their health, develop long-term goals, and overcome obstacles to lifetime success and achievement. Youth Movement builds confidence and resiliency skills, while reinforcing fundamental values of commitment and hard work, which youth can draw upon for achievement in academics and other areas throughout their lives.
Unlike most other youth sports programs, we do not charge a fee for the youth to participate, which enables us to open the door of opportunity to large numbers of economically disadvantaged youth. Fees and expenses such as track meets, uniforms, breakfast and lunch for weekend clinics, as well as other costs are picked up by the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc., through grants and donations.