Howard University Makes History with First-ever HBCU Figure Skating Team

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Howard University is making history with the nation’s first-ever HBCU figure skating team. The team was formed in October and plans to compete in their first tournament this month. Howard will join teams from across the country that will gather at the University of Delaware for their chance at a trophy. Howard’s team was created with the help of Diversify Ice, a nonprofit that provides mentorship and scholarships for figure skaters. Diversify Ice cofounder Maya James stated, “I would like to see other HBCUs do figure skating teams and get more black and brown boys and girls on the ice, and be their representation for them.” Howard hopes to inspire other HBCUs and future black athletes with their figure skating team. Many of the figure skaters on Howard’s team started skating at a young age and are excited to make history with Howard’s first competition at an intercollegiate tournament. One of the team members, Gabrielle Francis, stated, “I just want people to know that no matter what you look like, the ice is for you.”

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