Minority Youth From Around the Country Compete in Annual D.C. Swim Meet

The Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet, or BHISM, takes place this weekend at the District’s Takoma Aquatic Center. More than 800 youth minority athletes from around the country will come to compete in the 26th annual competition. One of the original purposes of the swim meet, which also started in D.C., was to promote the sport of swimming among African American youth living in cities.

Hosted by [D.C.'s Department of Parks and Recreation] and the United Black Fund, Inc., the Black History Invitational Swim Meet was founded in 1987 by Dr. Calvin Rolark and Dr. William Rumsey. Their goals were to nourish self-reliance, determination, and the spirit of fair play for youth and parents. Over the years, the Black History Invitational Swim meet has provided urban youth, from across the nation, with a positive outlet and strong competition in the sport of competitive swimming.

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