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Jamal Hill: Journey to 2020 Paralympics

Black Kids Swim first noticed Jamal Hill or, @SwimUphill, on Instagram. We caught up with Hill on his daily one-hour morning drive to swim practice from Inglewood California to Altadena.   During the long drive, Hill spoke freely about challenges in collegiate swimming, struggles with the...

My Kids Want to Quit Swimming

Nothing makes a great swimmer want to quit swimming more than an overbearing parent. You know the ones. As much as they love their kid they can't help but offer critiques after every race; "you took too many breaths, stop looking at the swimmer next...

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...

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...

Web Chat with swim parents Karl and Kim Whitley

Black Kids Swim hosts a live web chat with expert Black swim parents Karl and Kim Whitley; parents of elite swimmer Reece Whitley. Reece broke the 13 -14 national age group record in the 200 breast stroke at the age of 13 and also competed...

Sydney currently swims for Sylvania Tsunami Swim Club in Ohio under the guidance  of  Coach Kris Moellenberg

Sydney knows that Black Kids Swim

[caption id="attachment_1147" align="alignleft" width="164"] Sydney[/caption] Sydney currently swims for Sylvania Tsunami Swim Club in Ohio under the guidance  of  Coach Kris Moellenberg. It's a 100+ member club where Sydney is the only African-American swimmer. Sydney started competitively swimming in the summer of 2015 for her local neighborhood club;...

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How race based exclusion affects black swimmers in the US

Jarvis DeBerry of NOLA.com highlights historical events in Louisiana and Mississippi that contributed to African Americans having a fear of the water or simply not learning how to swim.  In the 1930s and 1940s black swimmers were not allowed to swim in many public pools and...

Bruce Johnson gives hair care advice for black swimmers

More hair care advice for black swimmers from Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson is a cosmetologist and the owner of Avatar Salon and Wellness Spa in Silver Spring Maryland. Black Kids Swim previously interviewed Bruce about the dangers of chlorine. His advice was so appreciated we decided to bring him back! Below, Bruce continues providing excellent...

Photographer Lailanie Symonette speaks with BKS

Photographer Lailanie Symonette speaks with BKS

Photographer Lailanie Semper Symonette is an avid photographer and a regular at swim meets for the Nations Capital Swim Club. We ALWAYS see her snapping amazing action shots of the swimmers and we love it when she shares her albums on Facebook and Flickr. We...

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