Sometimes it takes one person to change the outlook of many people, specifically if they can relate to that person. Outside of Arthur Ashe, tennis was a sport that black people had very little interest in, until the Williams sisters came around. Not only was there a black girl who was making waves, it was two sisters in every sense of the word.
And to make it even better for those watching, they were from the streets of Compton, previously known for birthing one of the most controversial and successful hip-hop groups, N.W.A. But, seeing 2 teenage girls from the streets of LA, not only playing tennis, but dominating everyone they came across brought more eyes and dreams to black people who had no interest in a sport that they can now say have 2 heroes that they can be proud of.
Enter the next person who will have the same effect if everything works according to plan. Cullen Jones, Bronx, NY bred swimmer who doubles as an Olympic silver and gold winner, who hopes to encourage more black kids, excuse me, more black people, to take up the sport of swimming. He plans to ‘Make A Splash’ in his cross-country mission to introduce the sport of swimming to black youth while educating others about the benefits of going in the water.