The 31st Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet (BHISM) will be held February 17 - 19, 2017, at the Takoma Aquatic Center (300 Van Buren St., NW). #BHISM2017
Please visit our web page for more information! Black HIstory Swim Meet 2017
Keep Up with the Meet!!
- Download the "Meet Mobile" app.
- Follow @DCDPR on social media. Tag us on Twitter & IG. Use the hashtag #BHISM2017.
- No deck entries will be accepted.
- If additional information is required, please contact Meet Director Robert Green at Robert.Green@dc.gov.
Call for sponsors!
DPR is excited to annouce sponsorship opportunities for the 31st Annual Black History Invitiational Swim Meet. For more information, please visit the Sponsorship One Sheeter.
For sponsorship information, please contact Ayris Scales at 202-714-4932 or
Call for volunteers!
Thank you to all of the volunteers that have participated over the years! We are looking forward to a fantastic 31st BHISM and invite you to volunteer with DPR. Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
2017 BHISM Schedule
*Note: Meet manager will determine if session start times will need to be adjusted or if age groups need to be moved to a different session based on the number of entries received. A timeline will be established and forwarded to each team by Friday, February 10th.
History of the Black History Invitational Swim Meet
This unique event was co-founded in 1987 by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the United Black Fund, Inc. (UBF) in honor of Black History Month. These two organizations have worked together every year since to produce the first swim meet in the nation to celebrate this important month that higlights the contributions of African Americans to US society.
The invitational was founded with the goals of providing urban youth nationwide with a positive outlet for expression, exposure to strong competition, a forum to meet positive role models, and the opportunity to visit the nation's capital. Since the very first year, DPR and UBF are proud that the Black History Invitational Swim Meet has fulfilled these goals and has grown from a small, local competition to one now hailed by USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming, as the "premier minority swim competition in the United States and in the World." During the three-day Invitational, youth athletes ranging in age from 5 – 18 will compete in standard swim events, such as the individual medley, freestyle, butterfly, relays, and back and breast strokes; attracting nearly 800 minority competitors, ages 5–18, from swim teams in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Cleveland, New York and other metropolitan areas in the United States.
Past Black History Invitational Swim Meet Honorees
Beginning in 1989, the Black History Invitational Swim Meet Steering Committee has chosen courageous and notable African Americans in history or in the field of swimming whose contributions are known throughout the world to be recognized during the weekend's events.
|Calendar Year||Annual Year||Honorees|
|2016||30th||Coach Tommy Jackson, Coach Gary Peterson and Coach Lee Pitts|
|2014||28th||Coach Russell “Kim” Williams of the Baltimore City Swim Club (BCSC)|
|2011||25th||Michael Wright and Alana Dillette|
|2010||24th||Maritza Correia, Byron Davis, Sabir Muhammed and David Goggins|
|2008||22nd||Bradford A. Tatum|
|2007||21st||Jim Ellis and Frederick Evans II|
|2006||20th||20th Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet Committee|
|2005||19th||Chuck Hinton, Fred Lee Valentine, and Mamie|
|2003||17th||Dan Knise and Clarence Bishop|
|2002||16th||Dr. William H. Rumsey|
|2001||15th||Dr. Calvin Rolark|
|2000||14th||Eleanor Holmes Norton|
|1998||12th||Dr. Dorothy Height|
|1997||11th||Booker T. Washington|
|1995||9th||George Washington Carver|
|1994||8th||Mary McCleod Bethune|
|1990||4th||Martin Luther King Jr.|
|1989 *||3rd||Martin Luther King Jr.|
* 1989 was the first year the BHISM named a specific honoree.