February marks Black History Month and USA Weightlifting is celebrating the pioneers in the sport from the black community throughout the month. These individuals have impacted USA Weightlifting and the sport on the platform, and in the areas of coaching, officiating, programs, and administration. They have paved the way for Weightlifting athletes from all backgrounds, some in the face of adversity of the time.
USA Weightlifting first sent an African American athlete to the Olympic Games in 1936, where John Terry appeared in the flyweight category, placing sixth. Our first African American gold medalist was the legendary John Davis in London 1948.
We will also be spotlighting programs aimed at building the next generation of Black athletes, coaches and administrators.
Proceeds from our February Online Qualifier will go to our Black Community Coach Scholarship Program. So far, more than 20 coaches have benefitted from the program.
“Our history features many amazing African American athletes, coaches, technical officials and administrators who have left a lasting impact on our sport," said Phil Andrews, USA Weightlifting Chief Executive Officer. "As we look ahead to the future, we have some programs that are consistently developing athletes, and more importantly lives, in predominately African American communities in the United States."
For the month of February, USA Weightlifting will be changing our logo to feature the Pan-African colors in celebration of Black History Month.
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