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The Gorée Project: The Beginning

BKS' commitment to changing the competitive swim space has led us to create The Gorée Project. This special first-of-its-kind leadership initiative is BKS' response to exclusionary practices. It's our method of creating a monumental, trans-continental, unifying project designed to bring the African diaspora into focus...

We’ve Always Had Your Back

Seventeen days after George Floyd was killed by police officers the world is still protesting. They are protesting against governments that allow security forces to harm and kill innocent Black men, women, and children. We support their efforts.The recent lackluster statement by USA Swimming regarding...

BKS Commitments: David Curtiss

Black Kids Swim is proud to announce "BKS Commitments" a new column written by Coach Nathan Harding! Each week Coach Harding will take a look at promising Black swimmers as they enter their freshman year of college swimming. He also will highlight various high school Juniors...

Meet Lawrence Sapp: An International Star Swimmer In the Making

At just 18 years old, the Waldorf, Maryland resident has achieved many accomplishments in the sport of competitive swimming. Lawrence Sapp is truly an international star swimmer in the making!The championship athlete has received many gold and silver medals across the world competing in events...

Meet Our Swimbassadors: Skylar Smith and Noah Nicholas Part 1

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Meet Skylar Smith and Noah Nicholas! Our Swimbassadors for the first ever Gorée Project. We know Skylar and Noah are Howard University graduates and former Co-captains of the HU swim and dive team. We know they were stellar athletes and students for all 4 years of...

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Black Kids Swim Announces Essay Contest Winners

Black Kids Swim is excited to announce the winners of the Black Kids Swim 2020 Essay Contest! Earlier this spring, swimmers of all ages were offered the opportunity to write about a topic tied to the sport of competitive swimming. Swimmers eight years old and younger...

Meet Naomy Grand’Pierre: Haiti’s First Female Olympic Swimmer

At just 23 years old, Naomy Grand’Pierre has reached many milestones as a Haitian American swimmer. The Canadian-born, American-raised Olympic athlete has used her platform to inspire many young Black swimmers to participate in the sport, including fellow Haitians. Naomy Grand’Pierre was first introduced to swimming...

BKS' Statement on the Killing of George Floyd

BKS’ Statement on the Killing of George Floyd

Black Kids Swim's only priority is creating and protecting excellence in Black children.We do this by fearlessly educating our children about the centuries long history of violence towards innocent African Americans, lovingly inspiring our children with infinite accounts of Black excellence, and tirelessly creating opportunities...

Meet Maritza McClendon: An Inspiration To Black Swimmers

Determination and perseverance are two distinct qualities that describe Maritza McClendon not only as a swimmer but as a human being. Despite the naysayers and critics, Maritza McClendon was destined to come out on top as a competitive swimmer and make history as the first African...

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