DAP Newsletter 2014 Issue 5
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Happy Holidays and New Year! We have some great things happening here at Diversity in Aquatics as we are gearing up again for our 3rd Annual Diversity in Aquatics Convention. Check out a video from last years convention via and do not forget follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information and updates. We hope to see you at Convention 2015!



NABSF Wreck and Reef Diving
 - When: April 26-May 2, 2015 - Location: Key Largo, FL - more info at:


International Water Safety Day - When: May 15, 2015 - Location: All over - more info at:


3rd Annual Diversity in Aquatics Convention - When: August 21 - 23, 2015 - Location: Forth Worth, FL - More info at:
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Congratulations to Jamaica's Alia Atkinson on her recent world record in the 100m Breaststroke.


Congratulations to Reese Whitley for setting a new 13-14 National Age Group Record in the 100yd Breaststroke

Let DAP News know of any aquatic milestones or know of anyone doing amazing work in aquatics to share with the DAP community!
US Rowing Convention 
Diversity in Aquatic Program Members presented at the USRowing Convention held in Jacksonville, FL December 4-7, 2014 during the America Rows Inclusion Forum. The forum provided an opportunity to explore inclusion strategies as they contribute to implementing safe and welcoming programs for all athletes (US Rowing). For more info..

Swim Outlet Affiliate Program
Great news for our online shoppers, DAP members, and their friends & families!
Diversity in Aquatics has joined the Affiliate Store program. Our new online affiliate store means every time you order through the Diversity in Aquatics Affiliate Store page, you're helping out our programs!  Simply shop through our store

and you are ready to go.
The cash back to our organization will automatically be processed at check-out by Try it today and help us start getting cash back every time you order your latest gear needs.
Tech News!
Check out the new swimming IPhone app, Speedo Fit. You can log workouts, find near-by pools, even share your progress with friends right from your mobile device!

Check out the American Red Cross' new swimming safety app! You can track a swimmers' progress online and also learn some water safety tips too!

If you would like to have your event, organization, or have any other article additions featured in the next issue, please send the details to Sarah Lynch 


Video: 2nd Annual DAP Convention Coverage
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Delray Beach: (Drowning) Tragedy on beach sparked (social) change on The Coastal Star 

Teen’s drowning echoes through City’s Civil rights History

By Ron Hayes

    After church on that Sunday afternoon - May 13, 1956 - a bunch of teenagers gathered on a stretch of sand south of Delray Beach.
    “I was a junior in high school and I drove my father’s truck,” Walter Stephens remembers. “Gas was 25 cents a gallon back then.”
    Where private homes and condos stand today, there were only dunes.
    “Nothing but woods,” Stephens says. “We made a path.”
    No private homes, no condos. No lifeguards.
    “None of us could swim. We’d just get in the water and play.”
    Among the teenagers playing in the water that afternoon were brothers  Jaycee McBride, 11, and James, 15, whom everyone called “Bay.”
    As they frolicked and splashed in the waves, Jaycee McBride was caught in a rip current and swept away from the shore.
    “He was going up and down, only about 50 feet out,” Stephens recalls. “We didn’t know what to do. We just stood there and watched, but Bay was the type of guy who’d do anything for you. That’s why he tried to save his brother.”
    Grabbing an innertube, James McBride went in after Jaycee and managed to push him out of the treacherous undertow, only to be caught in the current himself... 

During the past year, DAP through Charlie Lumpkin has helped to support - Classroom Under The Sea. Check out the Coverage from Channel 4 Miami "Classroom Under The Sea Sea" with DAP member  Charlie Lumpkin

Check out the Howard University Swim Team


The 2014-2015 Howard University Swimming and Diving program is off to a Historical start.  Having participated in several meets this Fall and looking to finish the season in record fashion this Winter, the teams has increased its strength in numbers and quality.  The team is still in need of major support.  Being the only Co-ed Division 1 HBCU in the Nation, the Bison provide a dynamic value to the Diversity in Aquatics.  Offering valuable scholarships to deserving students to continue their development in and out of the pool.  We cherish the opportunities to inspire younger swimmers from diverse backgrounds to continue to train hard and pursue higher education.  This is not possible without outside financial support from those who understand the importance of our program.  We encourage everyone to consider supporting our "Sponsor a Swimmer" Fundraising Campaign.  Your contribution will ensure that one swimmer from our program has everything they need to succeed for the entire Academic year and Competitive season.  For more information on how to contribute, contact Head Coach Nic Askew at 

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 DAP Featured Member: 

Kevin Colquitt
Organization: The name of our company is Colquitt & Associates. We are members of the Phoenix Group which is dedicated to preserving memories by celebrating our heroes whose life’s songs are unsung.

What are your aquatic interests? Swimming: leisure, recreational, and competitive

Please describe your Aquatics Background? When did you start?  My swimming started in Philadelphia, PA, where I learned to swim in a program that was developed by Temple University alumnus, Dr. John G. Keck and implemented by Mr. Royal F. Morris II. The program was run from The Temple Area Community Swimming Pool which was established by Dr. Keck in 1953. Mr. Morris was the first full time swim instructor for the Philadelphia School District. I learned to swim in the late 1950’s. Neither my mother nor father were swimmers. My brother Lee was a gymnast and a diver for his high school swim team. My mother was deathly afraid of the water and my father was very supportive by taking me to swim but he too never got into the water with me. My passion for swimming created the opportunity for me to develop my skills and I was invited to join Mr. Morris’ swim clinic, which was an after school practice session dedicated to competitive swim training. As part of this program I taught swimming on Saturday mornings to the handicapped population. I also became certified as a Red Cross junior and senior life guard at a very early age. I competed in the Philadelphia School Districts swimming program and I swam for my junior high school and high school. After graduation from Thomas Edison High School I attended Howard University in Washington, DC, where I swam four years under alternating coaching and training regiments. In my second year at Howard I became a certified Water Safety Instructor and I worked the summer months as a life guard and as a head life guard and swim instructor. After graduation from Howard University my focus shifted away from competitive aquatics. Because of a childhood dream stimulated by watching the TV show “Sea Hunt” I became certified as a SCUBA diver.  As I was moving through careers I volunteered one summer to coach a YMCA summer swim team. I became actively involved and later became the head Swim Coach. I was actively involved in all aspects of their competitive program. I coached the age group team with swimmers from 6 to 19. I also coached their Special Olympics swim team, as well as their master’s program. One of my swimmers was confined to a wheel chair because of Spina Bifida. I coached her at the Y as well as with her wheel chair athletic team. I later became involved with another YMCA team and transitioned to a USA Swimming program. It was recently that my interest was rekindled due to my researching my mentors and their impact on my life. My love and passion for swimming became evident through my writing. As I researched my mentors I became acutely aware that there was little documentation recorded and organized on Black Swimmers. On continuing I determined that the only focus for African American swimming was in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale Florida. This collection was evolving and I wanted to add aspects of college swimming of the HBCUs and local municipal swimming where possible. I became focused on the project of researching and documenting Black swimming in general and African American Swimming specifically. 

Additional involvements in aquatics: Other than swimming and SCUBA diving, I enjoy jet skiing, water skiing and have pursued interests wind surfing and Para Sailing. I also love going to water parks, embracing and celebrating my inner child. I also continue to share my love of swimming by teaching adults to swim.  Presently,  I am working with a friend, who has cerebral palsy and her husband to overcome her childhood fear of the water, which the result of her brothers torment to discourage her to not join them in their water adventures.

What are some other things you would like the members to know about you or your program(s)? In my opinion aquatics in general and African American Swimming specifically have fading interest as a result of low spirit and lack of exposure. Over the years the focus has been pointing to finance and a general lack of interest. The financial aspects will always ebb and flow but they will always yield to and accommodate strong expressive and passionate spirit. Our culture is inundated with numbers and empirical data. We are led to believe that money rules and it is all that counts. Nevertheless, if one chooses to look beyond the numbers it is evident that the intangibles of high spirit, dedication, passion and tenacity have been viable assets that have changed the flow of popular opinion. We have been lulled into a sense resignation and look to finances as our saving grace. We can design our future by embracing the intangibles. This can be accomplished by documenting our history and demonstrating that African Americans have been passionate about for aquatics. We can celebrate these athletes and their accomplishments in order to show that Black people can swim and possibly open the minds and imagination of our youth to explore the joys and wonders that the field of aquatics has to offer.
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