About Us

The Tommie Smith Youth Initiative is dedicated to nurturing the health, fitness, and educational development of youth, particularly marginalized children. Tommie believes that through the disciplined training required by track & field, athletics can serve as an effective vehicle for mentoring youth. Tommie Smith has traveled around the world providing technical assistance to communities engaged in uplifting young people, and he has motivated thousands of young people to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

We are committed to:

  • Helping sponsor community-based athletic teams by providing, whenever possible:
    • Shoes
    • Uniforms
    • Equipment
    • Travel & accommodations
  • Recruiting Olympians and world-class athletes to provide technique workshops for volunteer coaches and athletes,
  • Providing books and supplies for high school and college students,
  • Establishing Tommie Smith Youth Track Meets around the country.


Our work will stand as a living legacy to the life of Tommie Smith.