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26th Annual Black History Invitational - Call for Officials

Come join us in D.C. for the 26th Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet!  Teams from Michigan, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida will descend upon the nations capital for this historic swimming competition.  This years meet will host over 800 athletes with over 4000 individual splashes!   


If you are a certified USA Swimming officials please contact Meet Referee - Al Betts at, to be added to the officiating roster.  We are running two pools both in the morning and afternoon and will need sufficient number of officials to run the meet.  For more information about the meet, please visit the Diversity in Aquatics website at or the Potomac Valley Swimming website at

See you at the pool!


Rob M. Green - Meet Director

Black History Invitational Swim Meet

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Comment by Rob M. Green on March 22, 2012 at 2:49pm

That will be up to USA Swimming, and the community groups and swim clubs on the west coast.  This meet was started 26 years ago by the lifeguards, pool managers, and aquatics staff in the city's Parks and Recreation Department here in DC as a local competition for the city's youth in honor of Black History Month.  Over the years we've garnered support from our own LSC, USA Swimming, and local community groups to make this event what it is today.  Teams from all over the country travel to DC to swim in this meet.  Similar meets have been created from our example, and I'm sure the same can be done in California with equal success if not more.  All you need is a group of people to work together to get in accomplished.  I'd be happy to offer any advice to get something like this going on the west coast.  Feel free to email me  Best of luck!

Comment by VIRGIL CHANCY on March 13, 2012 at 12:34pm


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