International Association of Black Triathletes (IABT) is a 501C3 Charitable organization. IABT's mission is to educate and increase awareness to individuals in the multi-disciplined sports, especially in Urban America.
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The International Association of Black Triathletes, a 501C3 organization headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland & Dallas, Texas. IABT, formerly known as "Black Triathlete" a social group on Facebook spear-headed by Alexandria Williams, begin in 2012 and in 2014 was formed into International Association of Black Triathletes founded by Dr. Tekemia Dorsey, Keisha Ragoobir, Jeremy Gordon, and Alexandria Williams. The impact we want to have on the sport is far greater than that of simply a social media group. We want to have a positive, long term affect in helping to mold, shape, and change the sport for African Americans and other triathletes in the sport of triathlons, present and future.
The International Association of Black Triathletes (IABT) is a Baltimore-based nonprofit formed to address the needs of area youth by promoting mind-body wellness through multi-disciplined sports and leadership programs. The IABT would like to promote the results of their Youth Education & Leadership Employment Training Program (Y.E.L.T.).
The Youth Education & Leadership Employment Training Program (Y.E.L.T.) was intended to be a 5 week program that would develop young minds and endow area youth with those resources and skills necessary to advance in both school and work. Though the program did not receive the level of funding to take this program to the level its board had hoped, it did have an impact on those youth who participated in it and the IABT would like to announce the program’s results so that it can show just how vital these urban programs are to area youth.
“We are a fairly new organization but we do have a lot of support in the Baltimore community,” says Director Dr .Tekemia Dorsey. “We are ambitious about making an impact and sometimes must operate on a shoestring and prayer to make things happen, but we will do what it takes to make our children successful. Our summer program did not receive the funding we needed but we were still able to achieve many of our goals.”
The IABT’s 5 week summer program concluded with many of their goals met. Met objectives include:
1. 100% of Participants exited the Program with Resumes,
2. 100% of Participants exited the Program with Digital Portfolios
6. Youth Participants hosted and engaged in a Summer Duathlon Event
7. Youth took part in the NAACP Conference
8. Youth assisted in the Opening of Langston Hughes Community Business & Resource Center, Library
The program’s goals were to instill self confidence, improve self esteem, and develop necessary self awareness through educational sessions, community activities, and the integration of sports. Dr. Dorsey would like to thank all of the students who participated and those volunteers and sponsors who made it possible.
Building overall sense of team camaraderie, independent of individual training groups, is very important at IABT Junior Triathletes. Within each practice, athletes will be divided up based on their athletic development in the specific activity rather than by their training group. The differences between the developmental and competitive groups is primarily time commitment. The developmental group is a great place for participants who are new to triathlon and want to give it a try.
IABT's Junior MultiSport Club Members are required to wear IABT's Gear at triathlon/sporting events, community activities, and display a positive attitude and good sportmanship at all times.
IABT's Junior MultiSport Club is be chartered in Baltimore, Maryland (physically) but will have members from around the continental US and Abroad. IABT/USAT Junior Triathlon Club Programs launched Summer 2015 and will host its first triathlon event in June, 2017.
In urban communities across the globe many individuals and families are faced with a lack of exposure to opportunities available to increase their self worth, self esteem, self confidence, and self awareness. When individuals and families in urban sectors are impacted then communities continue to suffer instead of thriving towards success. Instead of people working together based on their morals, values and ethics, communities are torn apart based on skin color, size, hair color, socio-economic and geographic location. In urban communities. The goal of IABT remains to increase awareness for everyone but especially those living in urban sectors alternative methods to a healthy living, advancement in life, career, and family, and closing the gap across communities. In the last 4 years alone, IABT has positively impact individuals and families nationally and internationally in all sectors of the community. IABT has positively assisted more than 300 families in the urban community alone in the last two years. IABT forsee continued growth and success in decades to come.