President, Board of Directors:
Paul E. Smith
Debra D. Roulhac
Charlie O. Thomas
Nehemiah Rivers Jr.
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.
|President / Coach Regina McBride-Smith|
|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 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 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 associates degree from the University of South Florida but is now enrolled to complete her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Sociology / Criminology / Sociology.
Associates in Interdisciplinary Sociology and Africana Studies 2002 EMT Certification 2010
Track and Field Certification:
Certified EMT First Aid, CPR and AED Certified
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 15th 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,
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)