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BHM Heroes: 7 Influential Black Swimmers You Should Know

Black Kids Swim is proud to share the story of seven influential Black swimmers! Black History Month is a time for celebration and reflection. From past to present, our adversity and successes represent the strength of the Black American spirit. Our contributions in politics, entertainment,...

Tristen Ulett Black Kids Swim commitments

BKS Swim Commitments: Tristen Ulett

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...

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 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...

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...

Swimming is Freedom: The 32nd Annual Dakar-Goree Swim

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Four hundred years ago, the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in the United States. To celebrate the Year of Return, Black Kids Swim traveled to Dakar Senegal to witness the annual Dakar-Goree swim. We went, we thought, to capture an event; to meet some...

Meet Black Kids Swim’s 2019 Summer Swim Scholarship Winners!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Meet the recipients of Black Kids Swim's 2019 Summer Swim Scholarship! This past summer of 2019, Black Kids Swim awarded its Summer Swim Team Scholarships to eight amazing swimmers. Their essays clearly communicate a passion for the sport of competitive swimming and will inspire other Black...

So…What Color Are Mermaids?

All of the recent debate over Disney's casting of the gorgeous and talented Halle Bailey as the new Ariel in the live action The Little Mermaid led Black Kids Swim to ask the question: Where do Mermaids really come from? Before Ariel graced our screens in 1989,...

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