INDIANAPOLIS, September 28, 2020 – USA Gymnastics at the moment introduced the line-up for the primary of three fall 2020 panels centered on variety, fairness, inclusion and bias in gymnastics. Panelists will talk about their experiences and insights, share their solutions for the game, and supply recommendation for neighborhood members who’re hoping to create a extra inclusive and equitable tradition inside gymnastics.
The primary panel, which can happen on-line October 7 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET, will function Steve Butcher, a present Worldwide Gymnastics Federation (FIG) administrator and former males’s creative gymnast, coach and decide; Wendy Hilliard, Corridor of Fame inductee, the primary Black rhythmic gymnast to characterize the U.S. in worldwide competitors, coach and membership proprietor; Isis Lowery, a latest ladies’s creative collegiate gymnast and present collegiate pupil coach; and Jasmine Swyningan Bedford, a former ladies’s creative collegiate gymnast and present decide.
Dr. C. Keith Harrison, who serves because the chief educational officer and professor for the DeVos Sport Enterprise Administration Program on the College of Central Florida and the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow at Harvard College’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute within the Hutchins Middle for African and African American Analysis, will average the dialog together with Carol Fabrizio, chief communications and advertising officer for USA Gymnastics. Extra details about every of the panelists is included beneath.
Stay tapings of every of the panels – scheduled for October 7, November 10, and December 9 – can be open to the general public, and attendees will have the ability to submit questions because the dialog evolves. The recordings can be made out there to view on the USA Gymnastics web site following the conclusion of every occasion.
Click on right here to register for the October 7 stay webinar occasion. Please notice that house is restricted to the primary 500 registrants.
Dr. C. Keith Harrison – moderator
A former NCAA scholar-athlete (soccer/middle) for West Texas A&M College, Dr. Harrison holds a doctorate in increased and post-secondary training from the College of Southern California. He at the moment serves as affiliate unit head, chief educational officer and professor for the DeVos Sport Enterprise Administration Program within the School of Enterprise on the College of Central Florida and the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow at Harvard College’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute within the Hutchins Middle for African and African American Analysis. For greater than twenty years, Dr. Harrison has consulted for schools, universities, sports activities groups and types that embrace the NFL, EA Sports activities and the NCAA, and he was additionally the lead training advisor for preliminary curriculum growth for the Ross Initiative in Sports activities for Equality (RISE). His areas of examine have included athlete id; variety and inclusion points associated to gender and race in training, enterprise, sport and leisure; and the way multicultural demographics affect advertising and fan engagement.
Butcher was launched to gymnastics in his youth and competed by way of junior excessive and highschool. As a way to stay concerned with the game, he transitioned to teaching, and finally judging. In his early years, Butcher served as proprietor of South Cal Gymnastics and program director for the San Diego Mission Valley YMCA. All through his profession, he has served as senior director of operations for Varsity Spirit Company; Males’s Program Committee member, Junior Nationwide Workforce coach, and Govt Committee member for USA Gymnastics; and Males’s Technical Committee president, Govt Committee member, and vp – North America for the Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU). In 2012, he was elected president of FIG’s Males’s Technical Committee for Inventive Gymnastics – the primary American to carry this title, and in 2017, he transitioned to the full-time position of technical coordinator. He at the moment serves because the federation’s sports activities director.
Wendy Hilliard was the primary Black athlete to characterize the U.S. in rhythmic gymnastics and the Ladies’s Sports activities Basis’s first Black president. As an athlete, Hilliard competed in three World Championships and the 1984 Olympic Trials. A four-time Nationwide Workforce coach, she coached a 1996 Olympian. Hilliard served on the Govt Committee of USA Gymnastics, as chair of the Athletes’ Council and as vp for rhythmic gymnastics. Hilliard has been a gymnastics sportscaster and carried out in Olympic gymnastics excursions and on Broadway. She was additionally the director of sports activities for New York Metropolis’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic bid. In 1996, she based the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Basis, which has supplied free and low-cost gymnastics for over 20,000 youth in Harlem and her hometown of Detroit. In 2008, Hilliard was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Corridor of Fame. She studied Russian and bodily training at Wayne State College and graduated with honors from New York College.
Following a profession as a senior elite gymnast in Australia wherein she earned the title of nationwide champion on vault, Lowery was recruited to the U.S. in 2016 to hitch the Oregon State College Ladies’s Gymnastics workforce. As a sophomore, she was elected workforce co-captain and held that title all through her junior and senior years. Lowery was named a Second-Workforce All-American on flooring train and earned Pac-12 All-Convention honors throughout her profession. She was additionally twice named a Pac-12 All-Educational Honorable Point out and was a 2020 NCAA Girl of the 12 months Award nominee. She is majoring in human growth and household science at OSU, and at the moment serves as an undergraduate pupil coach.
Jasmine Swyningan Bedford
After graduating from Iowa State College, the place she competed as a member of the college’s Ladies’s Gymnastics workforce, Swyningan Bedford moved to Chicago to pursue graduate research and reignited her ardour for the game by transitioning to judging. She has been judging Ladies’s Obligatory, Optionally available, Xcel, and NCAA Division I-III gymnastics all through the nation for practically a decade and likewise choreographs routines in her spare time. As a Black/biracial lady in a majority white sport, she is often requested, ‘What are you?’ to which she solutions, ‘A human being.’ Her experiences have formed how she approaches judging, and she or he has been facilitating conversations about race and implicit bias with the broader gymnastics’ neighborhood in her dwelling state of Minnesota. Outdoors of gymnastics, Swyningan Bedford works full-time as a venture supervisor for a healthcare firm. She holds a bachelor’s diploma in economics from ISU, a grasp’s diploma in worldwide relations from the College of Chicago and a Grasp of Public Well being diploma in epidemiology from Loyola College Chicago.