USA Weightlifting Expanding Coaching Education Access to Black Community

June 10, 2020, 12:49 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (June 10, 2020) -- USA Weightlifting today announced new initiatives to expand access to coaching education courses for the black community and using education to address systemic racism in America. 


Thanks to a generous donation, ten people from the black community will be granted a full scholarship to take a USA Weightlifting Level 1 or Level 2 course at no charge to the participant. Membership fees will be waived if the participant is not a current member of USA Weightlifting.


“We, like many across the country, are looking inward and wondering how we can do more and better support the black community,” CEO Phil Andrews said. “I hope this program can bring more talented coaches to our sport and enrich the lives of our athletes.”  


The scholarships are funded by Mark House of Becker & House, PLLC. We are grateful for his contribution. Expansion of the program is possible, should demand warrant. If you would like to make a contribution to the USAW Coach Education Black Community Scholarship fund, please click here.

 

Applications and further information about the scholarship can be found here. 


Furthermore, USA Weightlifting’s Coaching Education department is adding additional content to address systemic racism, white privilege, implicit bias and other issues prevalent in America today. The information will be added to all courses and aims to educate weightlifting coaches about these issues and what they can do in their positions to help drive change in our country. 


These initiatives follow two others previously announced initiatives including the launch of a fund to increase participation of the black community in the USA Weightlifting National Referee ranks and a revamp of hiring practices within the organization.


USA Weightlifting welcomes ideas from the field which can be addressed to CEO Phil Andrews at phil.andrews@usaweightlifting.org or Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, Sally van de Water at sallyfolklore@yahoo.com.