Record-Breaking Olympian Dr. Tommie Smith To Host 100 Black Men Of Greater Washington, DC’s 8th Annual Youth Track Meet And Health Fair

Continuing A Legacy In Raising Awareness About Healthcare Issues Impacting The African-American Community

Washington, DC (June 7, 2017) – The 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC (100BMGWDC) is proud to announce their 8th Annual Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet and Health Fair hosted by 1968 gold medal Olympian Tommie Smith. This U.S. Track and Field sanctioned event will be combined with a health fair which will provide free screenings to all participants as well as attendees.  Available screenings include: BMI, blood pressure, sugar levels, HIV/AIDS, body composition analysis, oral and vision. The event will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Eastern High School located at 1700 East Capitol St NE, Washington, DC from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

 

After graduating from San Jose State University, Dr. Tommie Smith won the 200-meter race at the 1968 Olympics in a record-breaking time of 19.83 seconds. In 1978, Dr. Smith was elected into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.  He has also been inducted into the California Black Sports Hall of Fame, the Bay Area Hall of Fame and the San José University Sports Hall of Fame.  Dr. Smith has committed his life to public service and civil rights.

 

The 100BMGWDC is committed to improving the quality of life for African-Americans – particularly young males – in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area through various programs focusing on economic empowerment, education, mentoring and health and wellness.  Since the launch of the Youth Movement in 2008, the 100BMGWDC provides certified nutritionists to teach strategies and techniques to students about healthy eating and nutrition while introducing certified physical trainers into the schools located in economically disadvantaged regions to teach fitness training.  Through the 8th Annual Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet and Health Fair, the 100BMGWDC will continue their legacy in not only raising awareness about healthcare issues impacting the African-American Community but also providing necessary information and tools to close the gap on health disparities for African-Americans in the Greater Washington, DC Area.

 

The 100 BMGWDC was formed in 1995 as an outgrowth of the Million Man March and remains as one of the premiere mentoring and service organization for African-American youth in the Greater Washington, DC Area.  Today, with more than a decade of experience, the organization has grown to more than 100 members and has positively affected the lives of thousands of young people and their families.

 

“We are dedicated to keeping our young men alive – emotionally, spiritually, financially, academically and physically,” states Ivory Johnson, President of the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC. “The way we do it is through mentorship, the cornerstone of our organization, as well as other programs and events.  Through the 8th Annual Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet and Health Fair, we will continue our efforts on closing the gap on health issues impacting our community while uplifting our young black men.”

 

For more information on the 8th Annual Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet and Health Fair or to register your team, please visit www.100blackmendc.org/tommiesmith.  For media inquiries, please contact Veronica Jeon at 202-803-3303 or vjeon@vagencyinc.com.

 

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The 100 Black Mend of Greater Washington, DC (100BMGWDC) was formed in 1995 and is a 501(c)3 organization focusing on African-American youth.  100BMGWDC’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of young people through their signature programs of mentoring, education, economic empowerment, health & wellness and leadership development.  Website: www.100blackmendc.org  Twitter: @100BlackMenDC

 

Media Contact:

Veronica Jeon
Agency, Inc.
202-803-3303
vjeon@vagencyinc.com