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Gymnastics has come a long compared to that old footage, but this difference is particularly significant for black girls! Because they have never taken seriously our abilities! Just because the color of our skin is not what they want to see!

Simone Biles’s fantastic performance has been covered by many news outlets all these years! Now we can see the real difference!

#BlackGirlsMagic

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 2nd- Kennedi Edney (LSU)

Kennedi Edney (born August 14th 1998) is a former level 10 gymnast who is currently a freshman at Louisiana State University, majoring in sociology. She did her club training at Precision Gymnastics under Trent and Jill Spaulding. 

Pre-collegiate achievements:

  • Seven-time JO Level 10 National Champion 
  • 2012 and 2014 Nastia Liukin Cup Qualifier
  • Took home every all-around title in every meet she competed in during the 2015 season

Collegiate Bests: 

  • Vault: 9.950
  • Bars: 9.925
  • Beam: 9.950
  • Floor: 9.925

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • SEC Gymnast of the Week (01/31/2017)
  • SEC Freshman of the Week (01/09/2017)
  • Has won four individual titles in the first four meets of the 2017 season
Shoutout to the black boys

Shoutout to the black boys who do ballet.
Shoutout to the black boys who are gymnasts.
Shoutout to the black boys who are acrobats.
Shoutout to the black boys that do yoga.
Shoutout to the black boys who are cheerleaders.
Shoutout to the black boys that play soccer.
Shoutout to the black boys that play volleyball.
Shoutout to the black boys that play tennis.
Rugby.
Golf.
Hockey.
Shoutout to the black boys who are models.
Shoutout to the black boys who are poets/writers.
Shoutout to the black boys who cook/bake.
Shoutout to the black boys that are opera singers.
Shoutout to the black boys that are fat.
Shoutout to the black boys that are skinny/bony.
Shoutout to the black boys with eating disorders.
Shoutout to the black boys with mental illnesses.
Shoutout to the black boys with disabilities.
Shoutout to the black boys who are gay.
Shoutout to the black boys who are trans.
Shoutout to the black boys who are bisexual.
Shoutout to the black boys who are asexual.
Shoutout to the black boys with crooked teeth.
Shoutout to the black boys with huge/tiny ears.
Shoutout to the black boys with weird belly buttons.
Shoutout to the black boys that are short.
Shoutout to the black boys that can’t grow facial hair.
Shoutout to the black boys that are afraid to be themselves.
Shoutout to the black boys that never feel like they are enough.

You are enough, and we love you. If they don’t, I sure as hell do. Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t talented or beautiful, or “not black enough” or “man enough” because of the things you enjoy or deal with in live. You are valid. You are loved. You are important. And that’ll never change.

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 1st- Aja Sims (Alabama) 

Aja Sims (born October 4th 1995) is a former level 10 gymnast, who is currently a senior at the University of Alabama, majoring in exercise science. She did her club training at Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics under Kelly Pitzen and Brandy Johnson. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • 2012 JO All-Around, Balance Beam and Uneven Bars National Champion 
  • 2011-2012 JO National Junior Olympic Team Member
  • Graduated from high school early to join Alabama team in January 2014

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: N/A
  • Bars: 9.950
  • Beam: 9.975
  • Floor: 9.975

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • Named to the President’s list her sophomore and junior years (4.0 GPA)
  • SEC Freshman of the Week (2/18/2014)
  • 2014 NCAA Seattle Regional Beam Champion

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts 

February 3rd- Alicia Boren (Florida)

Alica Boren (born February 12th 1997) is a former level 10 gymnast who is currently a sophomore at the University of Florida, majoring in women’s studies. She did her club training at North Stars Gymnastics Academy under Tony Gehman. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Four-time JO Level 10 National All-Around Champion 
  • Three-time US JO National Team Member
  • Four-time Nastia Liukin Cup Competitor

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.950
  • Bars: 9.900
  • Beam: 9.925
  • Floor: 9.950

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • 2016 First-team All-American on the balance beam 
  • Four-time SEC Freshman of the Week
  • SEC Gymnast of the Week (01/23/2017)