George “Chip” Greenidge Jr. is in training for his first triathlon. It has also turned into a journey of discovery for him. Currently a Ph.D. student in Sociology in Race and Urban Studies at Georgia State University, he’s working toward a personal goal as well: He will be part of the 2015 Fit Nation team competing in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in September in California.

In a special article for CNN, Greenidge explained what an exhilarating, challenging and enlightening experience the training has been. He candidly shared how cultural and familial attitudes have shaped African-Americans’ approach toward aquatics, including his own.

The topic of swimming and minorities is one that Aquatics International has explored from various angles over the years -- from a Minnesota YMCA’s efforts to serve hard-to-reach minorities, to 2014 AI Power honoree Jim Wheeler and the San Francisco Rec & Parks’ inclusive approach with public pools, to Tara Eggleston’s powerful column on why high minority drowning rates should matter to all aquatics professionals.

But for a personal account, it’s hard to beat Chip Greenidge Jr.’s story. Read More