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Giles Smith Gives Expert Advice for Young Black Swimmers

Today, Black Kids Swim turns TWO years old! To celebrate, we are giving you more of what you love: expert advice for young Black swimmers. Tonight, U.S. National Swim Team member Giles Smith will take your questions live on our website. We hope you'll join us...

Black Kids Swim interviews swim legend Jim Ellis

In 1971, Jim Ellis founded an African American swim team called  PDR.  The initials stood for both Philadelphia Department of Recreation, and also Pride Determination Resilience.  His story is chronicled in the feature film 'Pride.'  In 2007, Jim Ellis received the Presidential Honor Award from the International...

Robert Mangan: One of the Best African-American swimmers in NY

Robert Mangan is a successful African-American swimmer who swims for Ithica High School's Ithica Little Reds.  His swim coach told him about Black Kids Swim and he immediately reached out to us to say "Thank you for sharing the site with the public and supporting African-American...

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Maritza McClendon, inspiring another generation of Black Swimmers

[caption id="attachment_1830" align="alignleft" width="300"] Maritza regularly conducts clinics for young swimmers through Swim 1922[/caption] Maritza (Correia) McClendon, in 2004, was the first Puerto Rican of African American descent to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic swim team and win a silver medal. As part of...

Words of Advice from the Howard University Women’s Swim Team

Meet the fabulous ladies of the Howard University Women's Swimming and Diving Team!! Black Kids Swim was excited to meet several members from the Howard University Women's Swimming and Diving Team during the 30th Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet. The ladies were kind enough to...

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Black Olympic Swimmer Roy Burch Speaks with Black Kids Swim

[caption id="attachment_1556" align="alignleft" width="304"] Roy Burch, Two-time Olympic swimmer for Bermuda[/caption] Roy Allan Burch is an elite swimmer from Bermuda. He holds Bermuda national titles in the 50m free, 50m butterfly, and 100m free in both long and short course events. He has also represented Bermuda in...

A Father Faces His Fear of the Water

Malcolm Reeves is Executive Pastor of Woodstream Church in Prince George's County Maryland. He is a husband and father of 3. He is also the only one in his family (excluding his one-year-old son) who cannot swim. Malcolm opened up to Black Kids Swim about his...

Why do some Black people fear the water?

Robert Lozado is a lifeguard and swim instructor for several pools in the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Many of the pools he works in are located in the majority African-American area of Prince George's County Maryland. He teaches adults, infants and children how...

How to Raise a Collegiate Swimmer Elijah Wright

How to Raise a Collegiate Swimmer – Advice from Salome Wallace El

[caption id="attachment_1449" align="alignleft" width="160"] Salome and Elijah at his high school graduation[/caption] Salome Wallace El taught her children how to swim at an early age. Although she did not swim competitively, she raised two successful swimmers - one of whom earned an athletic scholarship for diving...

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