Running For Wellness

Over 150 youth 4-14 years old participate in track meet sponsored by Contra Costa College and The 100 Black Men Bay Area Chapter

Team Velocity from Oakland won the girls 4 x 100 Relay Intermediate Class. From left to right: Rahni Johnson, Dea’zhane Lewis, Daria Crawford, Taleya Silas. Bottom: from left to right: McKinley Williams, President of Contra Costa College; Eddie Hart, Former Olympic Gold Medalist and 100 meter world record holder; Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia; Lloyd Madden, BAPAC President; Joe Fisher, Immediate Past President of the West Contra Costa Board of Realtors and BAPAC Treasurer.

The 100 Black Men sponsor year-round track and field clinics and track meets where participants are physically conditioned, athletically trained and benefit from team dynamics.
The purpose of the Youth Movement is to promote recreation and wellness under the mentorship of highly qualified coaches, world class athletes and Olympians. The youth track & field program is named in honor of 1968 Olympic 200m Champion, Dr. Tommie Smith. Several Olympian world class athletes, including long  jump world record holder, Mike Powell have agreed to conduct specialty clinics for the youth.
The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of The 100 Black men consists of a group of African American men in business, government, technology, and public affairs dedicated to helping African American youth by proving scholarships and mentoring. They also promote health and wellness, entrepreneurship, networking and economic development in order to improve the quality of life for all in our local communities.
Supervisor Gioia said:  “This track meet is a great example of what our community can do to give our youth more positive opportunities that are fun and healthy, and also keep them on the right track.”
The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area established a Health and Wellness initiative named Youth Movement in 2002. The brain trust behind this effort is Program Director Dr. Mark Alexander. For the 2010 Youth Movement Training & Track Meet Schedule visit www.100blackmenba.org.