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Visit the NMAAHC with Black Kids Swim

To celebrate Black History Month, Black Kids Swim will visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  BKS received a special invitation to visit the NMAAHC with Black Kids Swim members.  During our visit, we will have the opportunity to speak with sports...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

Black Lives Lost Due to Drowning Go Ignored by the Red Cross

The Red Cross teaches millions of Americans how to swim. Yet, today, 70 percent of African Americans lack basic swimming skills. Additionally, the Red Cross’s Centennial Campaign, charged with training 50,000 new swimmers in areas with some of the nation’s highest drowning rates, does not...

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“Black People Don’t Swim – Right?” Wrong

Black Media Network released a humorous video entitled “Black People Don’t Swim.” No, really, they did. It’s a part of their series @blackfolkdont that is currently in its third season. This is happening – in 2016. We won’t share the video here because the story shouldn’t...

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Official Statement on Red Cross Poster

Black Kids Swim remains committed to increasing the number of African Americans excelling in the sport of competitive swimming by supporting Black children and their families with resources, information, and access to opportunities. The images and videos produced and distributed by the Red Cross are...

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What’s the big deal about the Red Cross Poster?

Black Kids Swim objects to the message and implications in the Red Cross poster “Be Cool Follow the Rules” and any images that portray Black people in a negative light. Images of African Americans as a brutish, over-sexualized, criminal and helpless population are circulated freely...


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