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32nd Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet

We can't wait to watch over 1,000 talented kids swim this weekend at the 32nd Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet sponsored by DC Parks and Recreation and the Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser.  This is an amazing opportunity for swimmers to face some of...

2018 dc national girls & women in sports day expo

Join BKS for National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Many Black women and girls avoid the sport of swimming. Join BKS for National Girls and Women in Sports Day as we continue our work to Change The Tide! Black Kids Swim wants ALL woman and girls to experience the joy of swimming! To that end...

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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...

Red Cross Poster

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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