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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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Charlotte News 14 covers the A&T swimming team and the fight to prevent it

      Jasmine Gurley
      Petition Organizer

      The more people hear about this, the better! Thank you, New 14!

      http://charlotte.news14.com/content/sports/699131/nc-a-t-to-discontinue-women-s-swim-team

    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

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    Reasons for signing

    • tufanza primos GRANDVIEW, MO
      • about 1 month ago

      I am raising three daughters who swim competitively. I hope that one day they will continue our families tradition of attending an HBCU and will also continue nurturing their passion for swimming. If programs like the one at NC A&T do not continue my little girls will not be able to fulfill their dreams.

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    • Kim Bell WASHINGTON, DC
      • 2 months ago

      I strongly believe that it is extremely important to support the overall development of African American youth, especially our young women. It appears that the Aggies have demonstrated the importance of the positive outcomes that can be obtained under the right guidance and leadership. All opportunites should be supported, and the exclusion of youth from this competitive sport at NC A&T would be a crying shame.

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    • Kisha Burroughs PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 2 months ago

      My young son is a swimmer and I understand the struggle for representation in such areas. Keep pushing Lady Aggies, we support you!

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    • Jonathan Johnson BOWIE, MD
      • 4 months ago

      SAVE BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS

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    • Gayle Terry ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • 4 months ago

      I know one of the young women on this team and she's an excellent academic athlete. This team is history. As the only all African American women's swim team, Americans of all ethicities cannot let this important and historical team simply fade away.

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