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Tommie Smith 2013 Youth Track Meet

I met Tommie Smith on Saturday during the tenth annual 2013 Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet.  The two day meet occurred at Edwards Stadium on the University of California campus.

I am still excited.

The 2013 Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet was held at Edwards Stadium on the University of California Berkeley campus on Saturday and Sunday June 1-2, 2013. Tommie Smith broke the world record at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and became an international symbol for human rights when he received his Gold Medal. (bryan farley)

I meet interesting people almost every day, and I met many interesting people during the track season, but Tommie Smith is an international hero who I have known about since I was a kid growing up in the San Joaquin Valley. Besides being an Olympic Gold Medalist and former world record holder, Tommie Smith is a civil rights icon. He is a role model.  I was so excited, I unintentionally ignored UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. Chancellor Birgeneau seemed excited too. There is only one Tommie Smith.

Coach Willie White preparing for the 2013 Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet at Edwards Stadium on the University of California Berkeley campus on Saturday June 1, 2013. Coach White, a 1960 NCAA All-American, was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. (bryan farley)

The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area sponsor the year-round track and fitness program. My daughter’s team is led by former NCAA All-American Willie White. (Coach White was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.)

The 2013 Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet was held at Edwards Stadium on the University of California Berkeley campus on Saturday and Sunday June 1-2, 2013. Tommie Smith broke the world record at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and became an international symbol for human rights when he received his Gold Medal. (bryan farley)

Many of the teams are coached by former college athletes.… Read the rest