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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...

Nate Clark: A Trailblazing Figure In Competitive Swimming

Nate Clark stands behind table showcasing his swimming trophies and awards at his home. c. 1960. Photo: The Pittsburgh Courier Breaking Barriers In Competitive Swimming As a new generation of Black swimmers make their mark in the competitive swimming arena, there are those who paved the way...

BKS celebrates 5 year anniversary with new inspiring video

BKS Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary with New Inspiring Video

In November 2020, Black Kids Swim celebrates our 5 year anniversary. As a gift to the BKS family, we created a new inspirational video. Watch now! We founded BKS 5 years ago to change the narrative about Black people and swimming, and to increase Black participation...

The Gorée Project Webisodes – Episode 1 – Strength in Symbols

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Gorée Project Webisodes Episode 1 - "Strength in Symbols" Black Kids Swims' web series following the journey of two African American swimmers as they prepare for a 3.5 mile open water swim in Dakar Senegal. This first-of-its-kind project is our action to unify the African diaspora...

Isabella Fountain commits to Howard University Black Kids Swim

BKS Commitments: Isabella Fountain

Each week Coach Nate Harding will take a look at a few of our swimmers as they enter their freshman year of college swimming. We also will highlight various high school Juniors and Seniors who verbally commit to various college swim programs across the country.  This...

A Swimmer’s Journey: The Importance of Community

Children are filled with promise. They are brimming with excitement, determination, fearlessness, and in many cases, wildly overconfident. I’ve yet to encounter a child who doesn’t light up with joy at the sight of a water park. But, in the midst of this unbridled excitement,...

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...

The Gorée Project is here!

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...

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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...

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