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Naji Ali, a Black Open Water Swimmer

Learning to swim at the age of 43 sounds uncommon for most people, but it was better late than never for open water swimmer, Naji Ali. "I was determined that I wanted to swim," Ali said. "I didn't care what it would take. I was...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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