The Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet, named in honor of 1968 Olympic Champion Tommie Smith, the only athlete in the history of track and field to hold 11 world records simultaneously. Smith served as a spokesman for human rights and as a symbol of African American pride and accomplishment.
The meet was sponsored by 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C., Inc., as part of their “D.C. Youth Movement” program. The program focuses on improving the health and well-being of youth through a number of programs that include the Saturday Leadership Academy and creative health and fitness activities.
Michael Melton, President of the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C. complimented Smith for his many achievements.
“My organization is always proud to partner an event with Tommie Smith, an Olympian who is committed to excellence both on and off the field."
The temps hovered in the 70's, and the track was filled with colorful umbrellas that added to the festive atmosphere.
Steve Hadley, a volunteer from the D.C. Speed Track and Field Club gives his final instructions to participants in the 100 yard race. Hadley decided to bring along his 18-month-old to watch the competition at Dunbar Senior High School in Northwest, Sat., May 15. Photo by John E. De FreitasSports Shorts
Mystics Beat Fever
Monique Currie scored 21 points and Crystal Langhorne added 19 to help the Washington Mystics defeat the Indiana Fever 72-65, Sat., May 15, in the season opener for both teams. Katie Smith added 12 points in her first game for Washington after pestering Indiana for years as a member of the Detroit Shock. Mystics open at the Verizon Center Fri., May 21.
Bowie State University Women Make All-Academic Teams
Bowie State University’s Kyara Lombre of Mitchellville, Md. has been selected to the CIAA Commissioner’s All-Academic first team. The third year Communications major has a perfect 4.0 grade point average and recorded a 13-4 singles record and 15-4 doubles record for the Lady Bulldogs tennis team. Maya Newman of Baltimore, Md. is a three-time member of the All-Academic Team and made the women's basketball second team.
Howard University Women’s Softball Teammates Earn All-MEAC Honors
Howard University outfielders Courtney Young (Sherwood, Ark./North Little Rock H.S.) and Christine Sborz (McLean, Va./Brevard C.C.) and third baseman Nicole Saez (Norridge, Ill./Arkansas Pine Bluff) earned All-MEAC honors for softball participation. Young was named first team All-MEAC for the third consecutive year. Saez finished fourth in the MEAC with a .373 BA. Sborz joined Saez on the All-MEAC second team. The junior was fifth in the MEAC in doubles (13) and seventh in runs scored (35).
Wizards Basketball Camps to Return this Summer
The Washington Wizards are proud to announce that the popular Wizards Basketball Camps will return this summer for a second season after last summer’s pair of sold-out weeklong sessions. Three additional Wizards Basketball Camps have been added, bringing the total number of weeklong camps to five, and extending the reach of Wizards Basketball Camps into Maryland and Virginia.
United to Play El Salvador National Team in Charity Match in June
D.C. United will play a match against the El Salvador National Team for charity , Sat., June 19. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. EST at RFK Stadium in Northeast. Ticket proceeds from the game will benefit the Spanish Catholic Center and the club’s charitable arm, United for D.C. “We're excited about this match with El Salvador and pleased to partner with the Spanish Catholic Center,” said United President and CEO Kevin Payne. “We'll be raising money to benefit our own United for D.C. Foundation as well, and are looking forward to a great evening at RFK.”