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Howard University Has Created The First-Ever HBCU Figure Skating Team

In a groundbreaking move, the Howard University Ice Skating Organization has emerged as the first intercollegiate ice skating team to grace an HBCU campus. Founded by Maya James and Cheyenne Walker and coached by Jordan McCreary Graham, Denise Viera and Joel Savary, this organization is more than just a club; it’s a pioneering force aiming to address the lack of diversity in the world of figure skating. 1st HBCU Intercollegiate Figure Skating

 “It is rare to see Black and Brown skaters on the ice and we would like to change that by introducing the sport of figure skating to the broader Howard University community. Our organization offers an opportunity to not only learn how to skate but also compete at various collegiate levels,” the team’s website states. 

The organization offers not only the opportunity to learn the art of skating but also to compete at various collegiate levels. Their presence challenges stereotypes and encourages inclusivity within the figure skating realm.

Credit: US Figure Skating

According to NPR, the team recently competed in the US Figure Skating’s Southeast divisional competition at the University of Delaware, marking a significant milestone for the organization.

As they lace up their skates and take to the ice, the members of the Howard University Ice Skating Organization serve as trailblazers, paving the way for a more diverse and inclusive future in figure skating. Their journey embodies the spirit of perseverance and unity, inspiring others to challenge norms and embrace their passions, no matter the obstacles they may face.

To learn more about the team and keep updated with them check out their Instagram page.

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