Prevent the discontinuation of NC A&T's swimming team

Prevent the discontinuation of NC A&T's swimming team

    1. Jasmine Gurley
    2. Petition by

      Jasmine Gurley

      Atlanta, GA

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were founded for the purpose of giving African-Americans the opportunity to get a higher education. Today, there are 105 HBCUs in the United States and of that group, only TWO institutions have swimming teams. North Carolina A&T State University of Greensboro, NC is one of them.

Shawn Hendrix has been coaching the Lady Aggies swimming team since the fall of 1999. She has coached her swimmers to not only be strong athletes, but also strong students, first. The team completes numerous hours of community service each year. Swimmers under Hendrix's leadership were active in campus organizations such as student government, various honor societies, Greek letter sororities and others. Her swimmers have gone on to graduate with honors and become corporate business professionals, teachers, and entrepreneurs.

Swimming is not the most common sport in the African-American community or the MEAC conference, which is exactly the reason our team MUST remain. We are representing our race, where we often go unseen. To add, there are thousands of young swimmers in this country who train all their lives to attain swimming scholarships in hopes of getting a collegiate education. The two HBCUs with teams have provided that opportunity when it otherwise would not have be an option.

The Lady Aggies are the last of a dying breed and we cannot let them go without a fight. Help us save our program and continue to provide higher education for future Lady Aggie swimmers!

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Prevent the discontinuation of NC A&T's swimming team

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    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. The A&T Register shares the news about it's university swimming team!

      Jasmine Gurley
      Petition Organizer

      JO-MC!! (Journalism & Mass Communications for my non-Aggie friends) :)

      The A&T Register has shared the progress of our petition! Raise awareness! This isn't just an A&T, black, race, or feminist issue. Black female swimmers are RARE and necessary! We cannot allow the only all-black women's collegiate swimming team in the United States to be dismantled! #SaveAggieSwimming!

      http://www.ncatregister.com/thescore/a-t-swimmers-receive-support-via-online-petition/article_aea7126c-1a90-11e3-84d1-001a4bcf6878.html

    3. Swimming World magazine spreads the word about #SaveAggieSwiming!

      Jasmine Gurley
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you, Jeff Cummings, for reaching out! We have support from all over, friends. Let's continue to raise awareness of the importance of African-American in competitive swimming! Thank you so much!

      http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/College/35976.asp?q=Petition-to-Save-Lone-Remaining-All-Black-Female-College-Swim-Team-Gaining-Support

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • marshall goodwin BALTIMORE, MD
      • 6 days ago

      I support these student athletes in thier quest for continuatuion of the swimming program at A&T.

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    • Tasha Johnson BALTIMORE, MD
      • 7 days ago

      Fitness and wellness in the black community is long overdue. It's a shame that we are taking away an organized sport from which many of our people can benefit.

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    • Irma Miller BALTIMORE, MD
      • 7 days ago

      This is important to me because you have an excellent swimming team and I believe they should be given a chance after chance.

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    • Willie Towns MILFORD MILL, MD
      • 7 days ago

      Aggie Pride!!!

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    • keisha livingston LOUISBURG, NC
      • 8 days ago

      Its an important issue that could change someones outcome in life

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