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Black Kids Swim Advocates For Change

Last summer, the Red Cross pulled its negative swimming posters. Has it done anything to change disparate drowning statistics in the African American community? Black Kids Swim, a Maryland based non-profit organization, works to diversify the sport of competitive swimming by increasing access to swim instruction and...

Meet Kameron – Breast Stroke Champion

Kameron swims for the Wheeler Tigersharks in Connecticut.  Kameron is the 2017 New England/Regional YMCA short course 11-12 50 breaststroke champion!! Black Kids Swim is SO PROUD of Kameron, hard work pays off! ...

Meet Ava Napier from Delaware

Ava Napier, 11, swims for the Western Wahoos in Delaware.  Ava received the team award for Most Improved  for the 2017 winter swim season. At the beginning of the season Ava set a goal to make it to The East Field District Championships, a YMCA swim...

Meet Alyssa Napier – Long Course Super Star

Alyssa is 9 years old and swims for the Western Wahoos.  She swam in her first 3-day Long Course  Swim Meet in June 2017 at the Long Course Time Trials at Bucknell University.  Alyssa's consistently strong performance in 12 events over the three days earned her the...

Simone Manuel and Lia Neal win again!

Simone Manuel won first place in the 50 freestyle at last weekend's U.S. Swimming Nationals. The competition, held in Indianapolis IN in a 50 meter pool, also serves as trials for World Championships to be held in Budapest later this month.  Simone's win with a...

Top 10 for Parents to Survive Summer Swim Season

It’s that time of year again! Summer swim season is here and you have to be ready if you and your family want to enjoy the many benefits of participating in competitive swimming’s most exciting season. Black Kids Swim has compiled a list of must...

Job Opening – Aquatics Manager in Seattle WA

Proficient swim skills can open doors to many opportunities. Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for an Aquatics Manager who can recruit swimmers of color.  The applicant must be a visionary leader who can develop relationships with staff, community agencies, and community leaders. A strong candidate for...

Baltimore Swim Club 4MSC hosts Parents vs Kids Swim Meet

Parents on deck during a swim meet is normal, but parents in the pool is a rare occurrence. Marvin Thorpe, coach and owner of the 4MSC competitive swim team and learn-to-swim school, believes that parents should learn first hand how rewarding (and demanding) the sport can be.  He...

Simone Manuel Makes History and Inspires Black Swimmers

If you're wondering who is dominating the world of swimming, you can stop.  Simone Manuel is breaking records all over the place, and she's just getting started.  More importantly, she is blazing a trail for many young Black swimmers who want to be just like...

Register today for the National Black Heritage Championship Swim Meet

The National Black Heritage Championship Swim Meet in North Carolina is the Black swim community's family reunion! The meet, founded and hosted by the North Carolina Aquablazers Swim Team, celebrates the success of African American swimmers and encourages the development of tomorrow's elite Black swimmers.  The National...

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