About TYAM Organization:

Mailing Address:

Mailing Address
Trailblazers Youth Athletic Ministry Inc.
P.O. Box 340274
Tampa, FL 33694

Board of Directors:

President, Board of Directors:

Regina McBride-Smith

Board Members:

Paul E. Smith

Debra D. Roulhac

Bertia Peoples

Khevin Peoples

Charlie O. Thomas

Aleous Chambers

Nehemiah Rivers Jr.

Our Mission Statement:

"Prepare and provide opportunities for youth to achieve spiritual, athletic and academic enrichment."


1. Provide an opportunity for inner city youth to develop spiritually and physically through Track and Field

2. Provide financial assistance to underprivileged youth desiring to compete.

3. Assist youth in enhancing their acdemic achievements by providing a positive environment with knowledgeable mentors to assist youth in their academic development.

4. Foster a safe environment which nurtures, develops and exposes youth to a competitive atmosphere that garners self confidence and self respect.

5. Serve the public interest by allowing maximum participation for anyone who desires to reach their full potential as an athlete, student and individual.
Our Organization:

The organization will provide a unique opportunity for youth ages 5 – 18 in the Tampa, Fl area to develop spiritual and athletic awareness through Track and Field. We also will provide a financial mechanism through various fundraisers to ensure underprivileged boys and girls have the opportunity to participate. Single parent households with income below $25,000 and dual parent households with income below $40,000 will be eligible for financial assistance to participate. The Fundraising Committee will be responsible for various activities to meet the financial obligations of the program. These activities will include bake sales, car washes, dinner sales, private and corporate donations.

Our youth will be required to meet standards academically which are checked twice annually for eligibility. Report Cards are submitted by the parents in February and May to determine if students are meeting the 2.0 GPA academic standards. Any athlete who does not meet the academic standards will be temporarily suspended, assigned a mentor for tutoring, and monitored for academic progress. Upon recommendation from the Academic Committee that the student is progressing in the classroom, the individual will be reinstated back to the team. Youth will begin conditioning sessions twice per week in February which will last for approximately 10 weeks.

Upon completion of conditioning, practices for the season will commence three times per week. Each member will participate in 8 – 10 Track and Field meets, which will provide each athlete the opportunity to qualify for the State Championships and National Junior Olympics. This Organization is a ministry which will emphasize spiritual growth as well as physical development. Personal prayer and meditation are encouraged for all athletes, regardless of religious affiliation, and each practice and Track and Field meet are started with prayer. Support groups are established within the Organization for those individuals who desire Bible study or mentoring.

Coaching Staff:

President / Coach Regina McBride-Smith

Regina McBride-Smith graduated with All American Honors from Ninety Six High School in Ninety Six, South Carolina. Upon graduation she was ranked the second fastest sprinter in the United States and accepted a full track and field scholarship to South Eastern Conference Auburn University. At Auburn Regina became the 60 meter (indoor) and the 100 meter dash collegiate champion. She also ran a leg on the state champion 4x100 meter, 4x400 meter and 4x800 meter relay teams. She received collegiate All American Honors in 1980. Regina coached one season of track and field in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Tampa, Fl. She has been employed with the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department for the past 26 years. She is an accomplished writer and is the author of a book of short stories and inspirational poetry.


Associate in Arts, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida 1998
Bachelor of Liberal Studies, The University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida 2008
Bachelor of Theology, Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College, Tampa, Florida 2011

Track and Field Certification:
Level I Officials Certification, 2000
Certified Park and Recreation Professional, 2009
First Aid, CPR and AED Certified

Coach Robert Scarbrough COACH Robert Scarbrough

Coach Robert Scarbrough graduated from Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama in 1988. While at Woodlawn HS, Robert competed in track and played baseball.
Coach Robert was a healthcare leader in the United States Army for 10 years where he managed one of the largest joint-forces outpatient ambulatory and ambulance service clinics in South Korea. As an intermural athletic coach, Coach Robert developed many athletes in a wide range of sports programs worldwide through individual and team competition.
Coach Robert joined the Trailblazer staff in 2013 and currently works as a Program Director in Optum Technology.

Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Webster University (2005)
Masters of Computer Information Management, Webster University (2003)
Bachelors of Information Systems (BS),
Devry University (2002)

Track and Field Certification:
U.S.A Track & Field - Level 1 (Dec-2013)
U.S.A Track & Field - Official
BLS Healthcare CPR Certification

COACH Neil Rivers

Coach Neil Rivers graduated in 1982 from Immaculata HS in Somerville, NJ as an All-State athlete in football and basketball. He accepted a full four year basketball scholarship to attend Division II St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. He was a top nominee for ECAC Rookie of the Year in his Freshman season and concluded his career in 1986 with over 1,100 points in scoring and All Conference honors as a Junior and Senior. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF in May 1986. Lieutenant Colonel Rivers retired from the Air Force as a Senior Reconnaissance Pilot and completed his final tour at US Central Command, MacDill AFB, FL. He has accumulated over 3,000 hours of flying time with over 85 hours of combat time in the Persian Gulf and Bosnia Conflicts. He joined the Trailblazers Staff in 2007 and currently works as a pilot for Delta Airlines.


Masters of Science, Administration, Central Michigan University (1996)
Masters of Science, Aerospace Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1990)
Bachelor of Arts, Business Management, St. Anselm College, (1986)

Track and Field Certification:
CPR Certified (Sept 2008)
Level I Coaching Certification (Dec 2008)
Level I Officials Certification (Jan 2009)
Level II Coaching Certification - Middle Distance(Jul 2011)

Coach Hassan Wajd

COACH Hassan Wajd

Coach Hassan Wajd enters into his 5th year as a servant to the TYAM Organization. Wajd's prior coaching experience spans nearly 10 years, both professionally and as an All-America student-athlete, and includes numerous top performances by both him and the athletes he has mentored along the way. He has attended primary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate school in Tampa as well as Massachusetts. He also serves as Hillsborough High School's Head Cross Country Coach and Assistant-Head Track Coach. Wajd's accolades include high school all-state honors and collegiate all-america honors in the 60m and 110m high hurdles. Upon graduating from the University of South Florida in 2003, coach Wajd moved on his passion of teaching and coaching, instilling key components and values that were attributed to his success.

Master of Education, Ed.D. National-Louis University (2009)
B.A. Communications/Computer Science, University of South Florida (2003)

Track and Field Certification:

U.S.A Track & Field - Level 1 (Feb-2008)
U.S.A Track & Field - Level 2 (Sprints/Hurdles July-2011)
U.S.A Track & Field - Official

Coach Peoples COACH Tia Peoples

Coach Tia Peoples graduated from Gaither High School in 1999 in Tampa, Fl where she maintained a 4.3 gpa and received various accolades in basketball and track and field and still holds the school shot put record. She accepted an academic scholarship and an athletic scholarship in track and field at the University of South Florida. In 2010 Coach Tia attended HCC and obtained a national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. Coach Tia obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Florida.

Associates of Arts, Interdisciplinary Sociology and Africana Studies 2002 - University of South Florida
EMT Certification 2010 - Hillsborough Community College
Bachelor’s of Arts, Interdisciplinary Social Science/Criminology/Sociology 2014 - University of South Florida

Track and Field Certification:
USA Track & Field – Level 1 (2013)
USA Track & Field - Official
Certified EMT First Aid, CPR and AED Certified

Letter From Our President...

Greetings and “Happy New Year” from the Trailblazers Youth Athletic Ministry, Inc.  It is with great excitement and much anticipation that we prepare for our 16th season of youth track and field in the Tampa Bay area.  As we put the finishing touches on the upcoming season, we always acknowledge the former athletes, families, coaches and friends who paved the way for where we are now.  Many former Trailblazers are away in college or the military.  Others are employed or homemakers.  We thank you for setting the standard for us.  Now, we have others who are competing at the high school, junior high school and or middle school levels.  And yes, we even have athletes who are in elementary school, barely able to tie shoe laces, but athletes, no doubt.  We don’t take for granted the opportunity that God has given us to work with these youth on an individual and a collective basis.  We are proud to be a part of what God is doing during this time.  To be totally honest with you, I am amazed at what has been accomplished during these years.  We have changed practice sites-several times, changed uniforms-a few times, generated a team code of conduct, organized a cross country program, created a web site, and yes, even introduced our very own annual track and field experience, called The Trailblazer Invitational which occurs in March of every year.  These are great changes from when and where we first began.  One thing has remained though, and that is the desire to keep excelling.  Some things are just better left untouched.  We will not manipulate hard work, dedication and determination.  We refuse to dismantle creativity, character and consistency.  We shall remain anchored in respect for self and others.  We acknowledge God as Lord of all, and we have never turned our backs on hard work.  These are some of the characteristics that have made us who we are.  It’s not because of me or any one person in particular, but it’s all of us together.  It’s because of the hard work and extra effort from so many people who believe in the vision.  It’s because of parents who have committed to offering their children what they know to be a wholesome experience, with concrete results that will last a lot longer than we will ever really know.  It’s because of athletes who decide in their own hearts and minds, not to settle for less than all they can offer themselves.  It’s because of coaches whose work doesn’t end at 7:30 p.m., when everybody else goes home for the night.  It’s because the community has embraced us and decided to make themselves at home in the cause.  It’s because God and Him alone is being glorified in all things.  Please understand that it’s not by accident that we are where we are.  It’s because of the extraordinary people, circumstances and favor that God has graced each of us with at this time in our lives.  I applaud each of you and thank God for you.

I love you all,
Coach Regina

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.  (3 John 1:2)