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What you should feed your swimmer

Feeding your swimmer

Kids, especially teenagers, seem to be constantly hungry. Experienced swim parents (read swim taxis!) know to keep a stash of snacks and juices in the car to avoid the daily complaints of "I'm starving!" So, what should we feed our swimmers to ensure they are...

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How race based exclusion affects black swimmers in the US

Jarvis DeBerry of NOLA.com highlights historical events in Louisiana and Mississippi that contributed to African Americans having a fear of the water or simply not learning how to swim.  In the 1930s and 1940s black swimmers were not allowed to swim in many public pools and...

Alia Atkinson

Alia Atkinson Olympic bound

  Jamaican swimmer, Alia Atkinson, hopes to win the first medal in an Olympic swimming event for her country. She praises Usain Bolt as a mentor and leader in Jamaican sports. Full article by The New Paper here....

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Uncertain future for the Walton Street Pool

The Walton Street Pool in Asheville North Carolina is located in a predominantly African American neighborhood. Due to high repair costs, low revenues, and gentrification the pool may be closed. This article discusses how historically limited access to swimming can effect how public resources are allocated...

Maritza McClendon

Maritza McClendon on parents and service

Olympic Silver medalist Maritza McClendon reflects on the negative impacts of parental pressure on her swim career. She also discusses the community service partnership 'Swim 1922' which seeks to prevent drowning among minorities in the USA. Article by the Atlanta Journal Constitution here.  ...

Swim Dad Darryl Jackson Speaks with Black Kids Swim

Swim Dad Darryl Jackson Speaks with Black Kids Swim

Darryl and Francina Jackson are the swim parents of Christian and Cade Jackson. Both Christian and Cade swim with Theresa Banks Swim Club during the summer and NCAP during the school year. Darryl and Francina are regulars at the pool - cheering for their sons and bonding with other...

Bruce Johnson gives hair care advice for black swimmers

More hair care advice for black swimmers from Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson is a cosmetologist and the owner of Avatar Salon and Wellness Spa in Silver Spring Maryland. Black Kids Swim previously interviewed Bruce about the dangers of chlorine. His advice was so appreciated we decided to bring him back! Below, Bruce continues providing excellent...

Coach Elvin Foreman shares his thoughts with BKS

Coach Elvin Foreman shares his thoughts with BKS

Coach Elvin Foreman is the Head Coach Elite Rays Swim Club and the Head Coach of the Fort Washington Sharks. Coach Foreman was our daughter's first swim coach in the U.S. after living overseas for 2 years. He and his assistant coaches guided our family through the, sometimes intimidating,...

Swim mom Karen Norman tlks with Black Kids Swim

Swim Mom Karen Norman Speaks with BKS

Karen and Percy Norman are the swim mom and dad of Clarke (10) and Madison (13). Both girls swim year round and began swimming competitively at the age of 6. Karen sat down with Black Kids Swim to share her thoughts on the barriers that...

Photographer Lailanie Symonette speaks with BKS

Photographer Lailanie Symonette speaks with BKS

Photographer Lailanie Semper Symonette is an avid photographer and a regular at swim meets for the Nations Capital Swim Club. We ALWAYS see her snapping amazing action shots of the swimmers and we love it when she shares her albums on Facebook and Flickr. We...

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Coach Robert Green Speaks with BKS

[caption id="attachment_56" align="alignright" width="300"] Coach Robert M. Green[/caption] Coach Robert M. Green is the head coach for DC Wave and the Competitive Swimming Programs manager for Washington D.C. Parks and Recreation. With over 10 years of coaching experience and practically a lifetime of swimming experience we thought...

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