With financial support of Mark House of American law firm Becker & House, PLLC; the US Weightlifting has give out ten slot scholarship to help black Weightlifting coaches.
Ten people from the black community will be granted a full scholarship to take a USA Weightlifting level one or level two course at no charge to the participant.
Membership fees will be waived if the participant is not a current member of USA Weightlifting.
Expansion of the programme is possible if the demand is such.
“We, like many across the country, are looking inward and wondering how we can do more and better support the black community,” said USA Weightlifting chief executive Phil Andrews.
“I hope this programme can bring more talented coaches to our sport and enrich the lives of our athletes.”
USA Weightlifting’s Coaching Education department is also adding additional content to address systemic racism, white privilege, implicit bias and other issues prevalent in America.
The information will be added to all courses and aims to educate weightlifting coaches about these issues and what they can do in their positions to help bring about change.