Technique Track Club hosted the First Annual Tommie Smith Indoor Youth Invitational on January 18, 2015 at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton Virginia. This historical, AAU sanctioned meet was highlighted by Dr. Smith's address to the more than 2,000 athletes, coaches, parents and spectators.
Smith won gold in the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Summer Olympics Games. His time of 19.83 seconds was the first time 20 seconds was broken legally. The Black Power salute he and teammate John Carlos displayed atop the medal podium caused controversy. At the time it was seen as politicizing the Olympic Games . It remains a symbolic moment in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement .
The invitational was sponsored by Boo WIlliams Sportsplex, the Hampton University Minority Men's Health Initiative, and the 100 Black Men. A health fair and free health screenings also took place. Lending support at the track invitational were Olympians Bershawn "Batman" Jackson (Beijing, 400m Hurdles, bronze medal) and Latasha Colander (Sydney, 4x400m Relay, gold medal).
Pictured in the photo from left to right: Coach William Moore, Coach Deon Moore, Coach Maya Moore, Erika Bowman (photographer), Charlene Moore(Technique Track Club Director), Mrs. Delois Smith and Dr. Tommie Smith
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