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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

Assimilation Theory: Can Assimilation Theory get more African Americans involved in Aquatics?

I was thinking about this topic while driving to work and listening to an interview on the radio. Do not get upset. Assimilation Theory is not as bad as it sounds for now. It is much like celebirty endorsement. For example, If someone hear's that a famous olympic swimmer is African American it should give them pride and show that it can be done. In that they should decide to participate for fun or for competition, if not a little bit of both. How many African Americans started golfing because of Tiger Woods? How many African Americans became defensive of linemen because of Mean Joe Green? How many African Americans entered politics because of Obama? How many African Americans started rapping because of Jay-Z?  Let's take this further. Jesse Jackson says "We should keep our eyes on the prize". Good idea. There are a lot of wealthy people swimming in country club pools. They spend time around the pools, playing cards, talking junk, networking, and more. Can the act of engaging in swimming allow more African Americans that kind of access, like quality control is the proverbial back door to possibly getting that executive job? I don't know. A lot of people ask why am I teaching swimming lessons? Well, it's my obligation to teach swimming for the sake of better balance, equity, as well as preventing drowning, and expanding the sport.

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Comment by Jayson Jackson on April 17, 2011 at 10:48pm
Will you post the article so everyone in the community can see it?
Comment by Robeson White on April 17, 2011 at 10:12pm

Jayson:

 

Please read the article titled "Local Flavor" in the Aquatics International April 2011 edition page 16-17. Tara Eggleston (Aquatics Director, Prince George County, MD) stated many valid points.

Comment by Jayson Jackson on April 1, 2011 at 9:55am
I am looking forward to seeing the details.
Comment by Robeson White on April 1, 2011 at 9:45am

Jayson:

 

Thank you for the Birthday wishes.

Comment by Robeson White on April 1, 2011 at 9:45am

What are you proposing?

Assimilation Theory can work.

 

Are you able to provide some more details fo a pilot program?

Yes

 

Comment by Jayson Jackson on March 31, 2011 at 4:37pm
What are you proposing? Are you able to provide some more details for a pilot program?

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