September 1, 2016
This afternoon FAST's very own, Iala Cropper (11) was featured on WXXI's radio show, "Connections"- "Diversity in the Sport of Swimming". Iala was on a panelist along with our Head Coach and General Manager of Swimming Marci Callan, Iala's Dad- Dr. Andrej Cropper, Pittsford Swimming Coach Marty Keating and USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion staff member MJ Truex. Coach Marci is a member of the USA Swimming National Club Development Committee and Coach Keating and Dr. Cropper swam for Howard University, an institution that is dedicated to educating students of diverse backgrounds.
Discussion began with the impact of USA's Simone Manuel winning a gold medal at the recent Rio Olympics and increasing awareness and participation in swimming for the African American community. In addition, Iala talked about her participation with FAST and the panel further discussed providing education and learn to swim opportunities for the African American community, changing culture, myths and barriers that prevent water safety and the importance of creating a forum with school districts to provide such opportunities.
**Feel free to tune in tonight on WXXI AM-1370 Radio at 9pm to listen to the show. It is also available as a podcast here: http://wxxinews.org/…/connections-simone-manuel-and-america…